Jargon Blacklist

The following jargon have been provided by the community. If you would like to contribute a jargon please click on the Add to Jargon Blacklist button.

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What jargon term annoys you the most? Why?

pretentious and priveleged



space occupying lesion

not user friendly

lower limb

I think this means leg?

discontinuation reaction

What does this mean? Used by Pharma to try to minimise what is really withdrawal...

win/win situation

Used FAR too often to push a point.


it's a lazy term.

Collective Impact

The term has been bandied about recently in the past few years as a new fad.


Aren't we just connected?

patient health outcome

Isn't it about whether a person feels better or not?


Really? This is just an impressive word wrapping for doing more stuff with less resources.


Does this actually exist? If it is BAU, then why do we need to say we are BAU, after all everything is just as usual! Is there a workplace anywhere that is really operating under the flag of 'business as usual'?


It often means cuts/reduced funding.

vulnerable families

because its pejorative - why is the problem with the families?!


We are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We are not a collective, we are two differing cultures

going forward

why not say 'in the future' or 'the plan is'

Social determinants of health

Health would like to have 'determinants' because it's predictable. But social things just don't work that way.

Department name Jargon

Because we use the Jargon and our patients and families don't know who or where we are talking about.

thought bubble

'Idea'. Why use two words instead of one?


It means 'use'. It contributes nothing to our understanding except unnecessary word length.

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.

Drop the Jargon Day this year is on 23 October. 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 2018


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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

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