Using Jargon - Pride

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Thursday 28 May 2009

It is possible to use jargon not to exclude people, nor to protect yourself, but simply to show off. These are people (or pests) who sprout words and phrases, regardless of whether they mean anything and regardless of whether the listener (or the speaker in many cases) actually understand what is said. What follows is an adaptation of a pivitol point in the gospel of Mark (chapter 8) from the bible:

    Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked the, ‘Who do people say that I am?’
    They replied ‘Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets’

    ‘But what about you?’ He asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’

    And His disciples answered unto ‘You are the supreme eschatological manifestation of the ground of our being, the omnipotent ecclesiastical authority, the absolute, divine, sacerdotal monarch. You are the kerygma behind all myths with which we find the ultimate meaning in our interpersonal relationships. You are of one substance yet coeternal with the Father, the eruption of eternity into the space-time continuum.’

    And Jesus said: ‘What?’


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