Episode 12

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18th Jun 2020

S1. Ep.12 - Jargon

Many of us have probably heard the terms ivory tower or intelligentsia, but if you are unfamiliar with these terms, you have just experienced jargon. Jargon refers to specialised language that limits a person's understanding if that person is outside of the specialised field.

This week, Niklas and Clay talk about the benefits and downsides of using jargon when writing. We go over how technical language is a form of useful jargon, and explain why complex, wordy, and pompous writing is a form of jargon that is less useful. If you have ever struggled to understand an author, there is a good chance that the author was using jargon, or writing in incomprehensible ways.

There is a debate about whether academic and scientific research should be more accessible, or if it should remain jargon-laden. Our understanding is that knowing your intended audience and choosing to either sound smart or to be easily understood are choices that you need to make as an author. However, we hope this podcast gives you some clues about how to identify and even avoid excessive jargon in your writing.

Resources:

The Writer's Diet Test: http://writersdiet.com/test.php

Gunning-Fog Index: http://gunning-fog-index.com

Thesaurus: https://www.thesaurus.com

NMBU Writing Centre on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfB2LMgctwc5I3tLGLwPeww

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About the Podcast

It's going to be all write
Discussions about scientific and academic writing with Niklas and Clay
Niklas and Clay want to make scientific and academic writing enjoyable. We're Academic Writing Advisors at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and we're sharing our ideas and experiences about scientific writing. Our goal is to demystify writing processes, share tips to improve writing practices, and explore our own thoughts on challenges and opportunities in the field of academic communication for undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students.

About your hosts

Clayton Gouin

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Clayton is a Ph.D candidate and Senior Writing Advisor at the NMBU Writing Centre

Niklas Mintorovitch

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Niklas is the NMBU Writing Centre Coordinator