I know, its a lowly Word macro, but it also comes adorned with your ultra favorite, old styled windows message box. Presenting the Jargon Density Checker macro for Word 2007 and later versions, with all my pride.
No one knows how or when it began. I suspect technology had a hand in it. Or may be business owners wanting to say something as well as not say it. After all, everyone had to have a ‘core’ competency. Not less or more. Core, as in core.
Jargon isn’t always ‘blue sky thinking’, but it was ‘scaled’ high enough to shake some grounds of sanity when words like ‘predictors of beaconicity’, ‘coterminosity’ and ‘double devolution’ were heard.
Your friendly jargon density checker is ‘driven’ by a custom list of 200 words to avoid in formal business and corporate writing. Maybe not avoid, but at least know that you are using terms that can switch off minds as fast as one could possibly do to those designer bulbs of innovation in your brochures and magazines.
Once you have installed it successfully (the hardest part), the jargon density checker will tell you in one click what percentage of your text carries those buzzing flies of jargon. That is, the jargon density of your writing.
What it does
The tool shows what percentage of your text is jargon, and rates it in three categories, which are obviously all made up. No one can tell how much or less of stuffiness is good enough. But you will know the density. And the 200 words are pretty long a list to feel confident. And send that tripe back to the writer.
The macro is safe, carries no links, does not read anything except jargon, does not go anywhere. It will reside in Word and do what you want it to do. If you face hassles installing it, consult your IT guy or search online for more help.
Without further ado, here is the link:
Download Jargon Density Checker, v1.0.
The code was shared generously by David Lee within 6 hours of my asking, so many thanks to him again.
Jargon density of this post: 1.2%