P3: Jargon, Slang, Idiom, or Sexist Language: Avoid jargon, slang, idiomatic, or sexist language in formal writing. See Writing for Success Section 5.8 pp. 217-220 or the following: https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/style/
Avoid using jargon – overcomplicated terms and clouds meaning.
He yelped when the arrow struck him in the supraspinatus. – Jargon
He yelped when the arrow struck him in the shoulder muscle. – Clearer
Avoid using slang or informal expressions in scholarly writing. Write as if writing to your boss’s boss rather than as if your writing to friends.
People shouldn’t throw shade on Aaron, because he’s the GOAT. – Too Informal
People should not disrespect Aaron, because he’s admirable. – More Appropriate
Avoid using idiomatic expressions in scholarly writing. Write as if only the most literal meaning will be understood.
Stan doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to sales. – Potentially confusing
Stan is very direct when it comes to sales. — Clearer
Dave had a heart attack when he got his power bill. – Potentially Confusing
Dave was very unsettled when he got his power bill. — Clearer
Avoid using language that perpetuates a sexist stereotype.
Only a prominent businessman could get that account. – Risks a sexist implication.
Only a prominent businessperson could get that account. – Avoids a sexist implication.
The only person on call was a male nurse behind the desk. – Risks a sexist implication.
The only person on call was a nurse behind the desk. – Avoids a sexist implication.