A fellow finance friend, Jon Joseph, sent me this video on the day I wrote about jargon in healthcare IT. I had been thinking I really had to write the same article over again for venture capital, but Kate Imbach and Tom Conrad beat me to it with video and a perfect vibe. I swear to God if you sit at any Starbucks in Santa Clara County this is exactly what you will hear. And with the same inflection but probably not as good a head of hair.
We of Silicon Valley and related Annexes (SF, Marin, etc.) sound exactly like this and I am sure that we make everyone else in the country want to barf.
“It’s like Pandora for cats…”
“It’s like Instagram for hamburgers…”
“I already re-blogged that and re-tweeted that…”
It would be funny if it weren’t so true. I saw another article this morning reporting some of the gobbledygook speak uttered at the recent TechCrunch meeting. If you want to see English as a second language in action, read THIS and don’t forget to read the comments section too. My personal favorite is this one: ’We don’t measure our success by financial results.’ Yeah, and I am guessing you won’t be measuring your success by succeeding either.Just saying.
Definitely worth checking out, particularly if you or anyone you love actually believes in subject-verb agreement and lives here in the land of ’Creovation’ (creativity + innovation=are you kidding me?). Hilarious. My call to action: OCCUPY THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PEOPLE!