Avoid Slang While Communicating in a Professional Atmosphere

Slang is something which is only connected to a particular job, profession, business or some other work or is not a perfect word or a valid word which can be used everywhere. Slang is not a particular word, is not a particular language, but it is just a language outside convectional usage. These words therefore are though not correct as per the syntax of the language of English, but they are used today sometimes even more than the normal and the valid words are used.

Professionalism counts in the work world. Proper English shows good taste, good schooling and an understanding of professional protocols.

Avoid slang. Slang is a shortcut that suggests excessive informality and lack of appreciation for the workplace setting and expectations.

  • Replace all uses of “gonna” with “going to”, “wanna” with “want to”, “whatcha” with “what a/ want to”, “gotcha/ gotta” with “got to” etc..  and others will perceive you to be a professional with plans.
  • Sadly, very unique isn’t. Unique, by definition, means one of a kind, unparalleled, without peer. Adding very in front of unique is as meaningless as doing something 110%, 115% or 150%.
  • Prove you’re a graduate by knowing the difference between alumni, alumnus and alumna and alumnae. The first and last are plural, the second and third refer to a male or female graduate of their alma mater. Alumnae refers to women graduates. Alumni refers to coed graduates.
  • Figuratively vs. Literally. When you say you could eat a horse, you are speaking figuratively. Only the Donner party meant it literally. One consultant told his client “he literally killed to get a past job.
  • More Than vs. OverOver is a preposition and generally refers to spatial relationships: “The plane flew over Taj Mahal.” Use more than: Bangalore has more than 10,000 programming jobs.
  • Myriad vs. A myriad Of. Myriad means many. Not a myriad of problems. That would like saying, “he has many of problems,” which would be wrong. We would say, “he has many problems.”
  • Irregardless. There is no such word. Regardless of what you’ve heard, the correct word is regardless.
  • Interred vs. interned. If you worked without pay, you were interned. As bad as that is, when you say you interred, it suggests you were buried

Speaking well is a sign of your professionalism, suggesting you will adhere to other standards of good business: honesty, fairness and service. Therefore, avoid using Slang Words at a workplace or professional atmosphere.



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