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How corporate jargon can obscure reality

How corporate jargon can obscure reality

This is an edition of The Atlantic Daily, a newsletter that guides you through the biggest stories of the day, helps you discover new ideas, and recommends the best in culture. Sign up for it here. Corporate jargon is grating. It can also both amp up and diminish the drama of corporate life, depending on the agenda of those in charge. First, here are four new stories from The Atlantic: Euphemistic Bubble Wrap “Our office in Monrovia has a guy on the payroll whose job is catching snakes. That’s all he does. He goes to employees’ houses on a regular basis, through the yard, the garden, the hedges, catching snakes.” “What’s he called officially?” “The snake catcher.” “That’s remarkably direct,” I said. “They couldn’t come up with a buzz word for snake, it seems.” This perfect exchange comes from Don DeLillo’s 1982 novel, The Names, and it captures a dynamic I think about often: Jargon is so common in the world of white-collar work that to encounter direct, descriptive language can feel refreshing, even jarring. …