Corporate jargon skews reality in the legal profession

November 26, 2010 This article from The Guardian observes that the legal industry’s love of corporate jargon

Last week, for example, DLA Piper heralded a fresh round of redundancies by announcing that the firm would be doing "right-sizing". Reality-skewing terms like "risk management" (gambling),"adding value" (giving things away for free) and taking a "solution-focused approach" (cutting corners) were particularly popular in the period of economic expansion between 2001-2007 , while the flavour of the moment is the recession-era phrase: "going forward".

"The great enemy of clear language is insincerity," wrote George Orwell in his 1946 essay, Politics and the English Language. "When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink."


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