Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Avoid technobabble and legalese, part of Writing in Plain English.
- As we discuss Technobabble,…sometimes called technospeak and legalese,…they may sound a lot like the other…categories we've examined.…And they are.…Just two more ways to try to sound pompous…rather than to use plain English.…Technobabble doesn't have to be connected…to computer technology, even though…computer programmers and coders…know and use a lot of technobabble.…It can be any area that has technical…or scientific details.…Star Trek was known for using technobabble.…
The area of technology is, however,…the first thing that comes to my mind,…probably because I'm not a techie person.…I can do the basics, but if something goes wrong,…I probably don't know how to fix the problem…so I use the Ask the Experts feature at…Hewitts University Instructional Technology Services…a lot of questions.…Remember the PICNIC acronym from another lesson?…Problem In Chair Not In Computer.…That's probably written in my file.…When that techie person is trying to help me,…I dread the words,…"It's really easy.…
"All you have to do is..."…
If you can write in plain English, you can save time, save money, and save face in communications. Start watching to learn how to make your writing more "plain": stronger, clearer, and more concise.
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- Understanding plain English
- Catching mistakes by reading aloud
- Simplifying sentences
- Using strong verbs and meaningful words
- Avoiding corporate jargon
- Finding the right voice and tone
- Editing flow and content
- Writing in a conversational style