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Simple Saturdays: Introduction

I dislike the amount of jargon we tend to use in our daily work lives. We use acronyms like CCR (central control room) rather than just saying "control room". We refer to equipment tags like P101 rather than simply describing the equipment like "feed pump". It is not as if these are any faster to say, the jargon version often has more syllables, and thay make life difficult for any new members of the team.

While there are many cases when a simpler word or set of words can be used, there are some other words that cannot. These terms have very specific meanings and aren't used outside our industry or at least are not used in the same way. It is not possible to change these words, but it is still important to ensure everyone understands them. In my experience, looking up definitions or explanations often leads to more terms that need to be understood first.

As a challenge to myself, I will pick one of these terms each week. I will try to explain it as simply as I can. I will try and assume no prior knowledge of the subject and explain any other supporting terms or concepts at the same time.

I have no idea if these will be of any use to anyone else, but I hope to improve my own language skills as well as clarifying some terms better in my own head.

If there are any terms you think I should try to cover, please leave a comment.

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