Jargon/Slang and Standard English Essay Example

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  1. Jargon/Slang and Standard English

Business Jargon

Ordinary Meaning

Standard working hours

Touch base

Due diligence

Research ahead of making a decision


Bang for the buck

Make the highest return

Working together

Sweat equity

Get an equity stake not paid for


Jealous person

Kick the bucket

Pissed off


  1. Speech for a diverse audience

A diverse audience refers to an audience containing people from diverse cultures and languages. In preparing a speech to a diverse audience, one has to learn the correct pronunciation of words so as to keep a neutral accent. It is also important to find meaning for some key words out of a person’s native language. Besides, the speech should be prepared in plain and understandable English. Idiomatic expressions, jargons and slang should be avoided such that the larger meaning of a word is not lost in any part of the audience. Metaphors should be keenly considered given that a metaphor in one language could have a vulgar meaning in another culture. For instance the American football is such a common sport in the United States. If the metaphor is not used well it could irritate people from the United States, particularly if you intend to do business with Americans.


Lehman, C.L. DuFrene, D.D. and Walker, R. (2015). Business Communication 7, 7th ed. Boston, M.A: Cengage Learning.