The dangers of jargon

In one of our epic meetings the other day, one of our partners kept going on about all the ‘disease-specific areas’ that we need to make sure we train the provincial-level health staff on in our proposal. While this made sense, she continued to use this jargon when she was referring to our family planning, reproductive health and gender activities. Um? Did I miss something? Since when is it a ‘disease’ to be a woman? Come on, think about what you’re saying before just spouting meaningless jargon.

(apologies in advance for being a super-geek and finding this hilarious…I’m sure the vast majority of you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about much less why I find it funny – I guess that’s an occupational hazard. Yes, yes, I need to get a life.)

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