Not long ago, I was in a meeting listening to some bright consultants expound on an area of IT I am rarely involved in. They were using jargon that was new to me, and I tried to guess the concepts behind it. Experience told me that there might be no concepts, or the concepts might be trivial or so unclear that they seemed to represent quite different things from one sentence to the next. I also thought that some of the terms might just be convenient labels for great swathes of the unknown - to pretend that there was knowledge of something simply by giving it a name.


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