“No-no words”? That’s what a recent PUBLIB poster was in search of. Though the she defined no-no words as words or terms that too slangy or informal to be understood by all, I think it would be a boon to the profession if we expanded the concept to include other words or terms, such as….
- Patrons (unless they’re giving away the bling, they’re “users”).
- Digitization, particularly if combined with a noun, such as “archive”, “project”, or “staff”.
- XML, SGML or any other acronym if you’ve decided to bandy them about after a presentation by Howard Besser, Clifford Lynch or Jerome “Not-The-Dead-Playwright” McDonough.
- E-anything (e-libraries, e-reserves, e-doughnuts, etc,…..)
And for all you special librarians out there, I give you the big four: