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Thread #126198   Message #2806187
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
07-Jan-10 - 08:06 PM
Thread Name: BS: Multicultural Competence
Subject: RE: BS: Multicultural Competence
The time saved by using jargon expressions, instead of taking slightly longer and explaining what we mean, is probably more than outweighed by the time wasted arguing about the merits and demerits of the terms and trying to justify their use, in face of critics who object to this kind of language.

More important - when we use this kind of language this can have the effect of focussing attention on the words rather than on the thinking that lie behind their invention.   

The effect is likely to be to hand a dangerous weapon to those who find it more convenient to attack the words rather than the ideas. And it can also provide careerists, who have no real understanding of these ideas, with a tool they can use in clawing their way upwards.