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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Jargon-busting: v. to jawbone

Let’s 'bust a bit of that nasty jargon' today, shall we?
v. to jawbone
“Jawboning is the unofficial technique of public and private discussions and arm-twisting, which may work by the implicit threat of future government regulation”.
In plain English, it’s what governing bodies do when they want to effect change without having to apply their formal powers.
Most often in Australia, we hear reference to the term in respect of the Reserve Bank trying to influence consumer spending without the need to use its one blunt tool, the adjustment of the cash interest rate.
Here’s a simple example of how you might hear it used:
“The Reserve Bank is worried about high inflation and therefore is likely to indulge in some jawboning by threatening to lift interest rates.”
As is often the case with the ‘verbing’ of nouns, the term is an obvious Americanism. There are plenty of similar examples such as shoehorned.
Traditionalists turn in their graves prematurely about the needless verbing of nouns. As a wordsmith myself, I don’t particularly mind it. Language is always changing, so why not? Shakespeare used dozens of words that didn’t exist before he wrote them, and even religious texts of the 16th century spoke of the 'churching of women' so it's hardly a new phenomenon.
I’ll add a caveat to that, though, in respect of business buzzwords and clichés. Multitasking seems to have made it into everyday English now, but there are far, far worse examples which I daren’t begin to list here, for fear of this post never ending.
The latest drivel I’ve heard has included: “We need to deep-dive-review the actionable items”. People who speak in this manner are unfit to be released into society, in my opinion.
First use of the mighty jawbone…
As is commonly the case with such words, it’s not entirely clear when the term jawbone was first used. The economist Galbraith suggested that it was first used in 1941 to describe the arm-twisting activities of the U.S. Office of Price Administration and Civilian Supply.
Later it was used to describe the desperate attempts of Presidents Johnson and Kennedy to control mounting inflationary pressures, and that is exactly how we hear the term used today.
I’m now totally paranoid about my use of language! Wait until Thursday when I’m almost certain to write that unemployment is ‘trending upwards’, so apologies in advance for all of that before you ‘inbox’ me.
I’ll probably need to 'transition' to 'deep-dive reviewing' all future blog posts…
‘Strewth, it’s contagious.