Jargon Begone!

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What jargon term annoys you the most? Why?

Because many of them are not even familiar to nurses. They are coined by individuals and are not necessarily of common use. We need to remember about 6 out of 10 people in Australia have low or poor health literacy.


People struggle to pronounce this term, let alone know what it means. Why not say 'distress with breathing' or 'uncomfortable breathing' or 'breathing discomfort'

Someone used C suite recently in an add recruiting a health job

What is that Caesaraian section suite at a hospital, some new hospital department? NO....apparently it relates to executive positions, senior management....ie. CEO/ CFO/ CIO/COO.....more jargon ! Don't like it as it has an elitist feels about it Senior management team/ executive team I understand

Flesh it out

I imagine skin being rolled out like dough

It is What It Is

It is often said to avoid discussion or really expressing how you really feel


not in regular use


It's just a difficult word to understand.


As a health professional I understand that this means "without symptoms", but for my partner who doesn't have a health background and for whom English is not his first language, it meant that you have "a symptom".

Imagine how different the Covid-19 health information sounded once he learnt that? I often wonder how many other people still don't understand this term, and who have been following an entirely differently set of Covid safety rules as a result (ie, "stay home if you have symptoms, but you can leave the house if you have a (one) symptom".)

Anything that is reduced to an acronym

Acronyms are usually only understood by ‘inner circles’ so their use should be limited appropriately.

Aua Im Kopf

Aua im kopf is simply awful, it has an obfuscative meaning to anyone who doesn't speak German. Morgen sind wir schlauer doch because then es ist zu spat dann. Oh ah Morgen we should try to use this phrase as little as possible.


We should clearly identify who we are talking about, rather than referring to a non-descriptive 'cohort'.


Aren't we all Culturally and Linguistically Diverse People?

And who isn't the 'CALD' when we are delivering services and what to we call them? What/who is the Mainstream?

It (may) creates an Us and Them binary polarity or opposition.

Ang us

Its a weasel word, a mealy-mouthed euphemism for "Amogus"
Passive language like that always sends my BS detector meter into a spin


ZeepleDome is a horrendous game and should be banned regardless. It it also an imaginary word and I don't like it.

Bogos Binted

I am writing this so that I can use it in my VCE English Language exam.

Water bottle

I know it's a common term but it sounds too much like waterboarding - a torture technique - for my liking. Can't we use water container instead?


Because it means different things to everyone!

frequent presenter (say to the EmergcenY Department-ED).

Not good use of words, it's more of a label for a patient. Better to write, 'client has represented to ED with...………….'.

non compliant

Because what should be written is 'client has difficulties with......' Staff need to write what they mean.

non compliant

Because what should be written is 'client has difficulties with......' Staff need to write what they mean.

What jargon term annoys you the most? Why?
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Why should I pledge?


6 out of 10 of people in Australia have low health literacy.

Many Australians have trouble understanding and using information provided by organisations. They also have trouble navigating complicated systems like healthcare services.

When we use jargon, technical terms or acronyms, it is hard for people with low health literacy to understand and use information.

 Pledge and take part in activities at your workplace. Make it easy for people with low health literacy to get better information and outcomes from services they use.

Drop the Jargon

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Pledge to Drop the Jargon

  • Use plain language in all communication – with other staff and with clients
  • Not use acronyms
  • Explain medical and other technical terminology
  • Check that information has been understood by your clients
  • Work with a professional interpreter when your clients have low English proficiency
  • Politely point out when your colleagues use jargon