When Brian received his partners Christmas present he was utterly gobsmacked and rendered speechless for a few moments. Eventually he managed to whisper ‘Thanks its Mega!’ He had received an amusement arcade fruit machine – I jest not. Some younger people when they sense or see something’s good it’s usually ‘cool’. And some people when they’re have a beer the glass is referred to as a scoop.
Buzzwords and jargon are fashionable words that have crept into our language. These words are designed to make the facilitator – speaker – sound something of a specialist. Most of them come from the business or computer world. And they relate chiefly to buzz in the sense of being purposeful. But are they really a new thing. Charles Dickens wrote in Little Dorrit ‘No public business of any kind could possibly be done at any time without the acquiescence of the Circumlocution Office. Its finger was in the largest pie and the smallest public tart’.
I wonder, do we use buzzwords, jargon or gobbledegook in our daily lives and maybe confuse people in someway? And it could be the same in church life! Not just in our meetings but in general conversations in the pew. Recently, I looked at some course material written for adults unfamiliar with church life. The book needed a glossary to explain the churchy words used!
Recently I came across the following passage that made me smile, ‘As I’m the inter-departmental meeting facilitator, I would ask everyone who is already up to speed to throw their idea hats into the ring so we can run them up the flagpole to see who salutes, that way, we’ll all be pulling in the same direction to square the circle with the aim of actioning this vertical approach for each objective. Is that clear?’ My answer to the last question would have been a big ‘No’. What do you think? Incidentally the fruit machine is still mega!
Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year.