Jargon is a language of insiders and experts in closed societies, says Stephen Baker in a brief blog post over at Business Week. It works against the blending of disciplines, cultures and specialized knowledge, which just so happens to be the most fertile ground for ideas.
Today, people cloistered in niches are at a great disadvantage. The winners will master one or both of the two world languages in the global economy, English and math. Both of them cross borders and bridge disciplines. Jargon is like proprietary software in a world moving toward open-source.
(via Crossroads Dispatches)