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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

No "Gobbledygook" In 1944

Boing Boing posted this note about a War Plants Corporation memo from 1944, in which a Mr. Maury Maverick (really!) stated his position on "Gobbledygook Language" in a clear and concise manner.  The really interesting point to me is that many of the words and phrases he considered nonsense are now quite common:  finalizing, stem from, patterns, dynamics, activation, implementation, etc.  Considering his last sentence, quite a few people in business today would have been in serious danger back then. 

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