Episode 9: Jargon


Supratentorial, bond yields, overclocking...we hear jargon everywhere, every day from doctors to economists to computer experts. Sometimes it feels like a completely different language, and if we don't have the fluency, we can be shut out. But if we do learn the lingo, it can help us feel included. We'll explore two major areas where we can feel inhibited when we don't know the jargon: our health and our finances. Then we'll take a trip to the technology store where knowing the lingo can be a lifeline. Jargon: does it help or hinder?


little java.jpgDid you order your grande skinny half-caf breve today? In order to get the java, it helps to speak the jargon. But this lingo can be perplexing. So why do we use it? Lexicographer Michael Adams explains.

When it comes to our health, we want to know the right words, and understand what the doc says to us. But doctors can often slide into jargon when they're talking about our health. Dr. Mike Evans helps us decode health professionals. He's a family physician at St. Michael's Hospital and a patient educator. 


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chart-small.jpgWe're used to hearing a barrage of foreig n terms thrust at us by financial leaders, even our financial advisors. Sometimes we need to read between the lines to get to the real message. Our jargon buster, CBC business reporter Scott Peterson, will help us do that.

Fixing or purchasing a computer can be a mind-boggling experience if the terms don't trip off your tongue. But if you do learn the lingo, you're in. While jargon often excludes, it can help ESL speakers feel part of a professional community. We'll go to computer store in Vancouver.


Tell us what YOU think about jargon: Do doctors use too much jargon these days? Do you understand the jargon that economists use? Has jargon helped you in your profession? Leave us a comment!