Jargon Finder

To help you keep your writing and speaking free of jargon, we are pleased to present Jargon Finder - an online collection of foundation and nonprofit jargon.

Click on any word to see it defined and discussed. Most of the examples are excerpted from Tony Proscio's three book-length essays on jargon that were originally published by The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation: In Other Words, Bad Words for Good, and When Words Fail. (Click here to read these three books online or download individual copies.) The Communications Network thanks the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation for its permission to feature these words on our site.

There also are a number of words on the list that visitors to our site have been contributing over the years. If you've come across a word that you think belongs on our list, feel free to send it to us. We'll share it with Tony Proscio, and we'll post the word and his response.

 


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