Jargon Density Checker: Optimize your language to drive conversions

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...
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Jargon is king, wants to conquer every written territory

Or give them a headache. Or leave a bad taste in the mouth. People who are doing this are not on Facebook or Buzzfeed or writing on fashion and lifestyle blogs. This kind of business speak is the norm in an awful lot of websites of businesses and industries. It’s shorthand and generic. Like ‘key competencies’, ‘enhanced quality’ and ‘optimized solutions’. Sounds sweet? Just two words doing the work of at least ten. After all, they said brevity was the highest mark of craftsmanship in writing, didn’t they? The damage adjectives can do But they also said, ‘kill adjectives’. Key, enhanced, optimized – they pump in a whole lot of air. I collected a lot of such terms, called jargon (in its avoidable version), while recently doing a light review of nearly fifty manufacturing and heavy industry websites. Most of these terms occurred on the About Us pages. The list is given at the end of this article. Complaining against jargon has become old hat, I know....
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