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Every industry has special vocabulary—that is, jargon—it uses to refer to well-known but complex ideas in a short space or to sound like an insider. Jargon can become a problem, though, when it’s used to avoid addressing that complex idea or when it overwhelms the copy itself. The copyeditor’s job is to determine when the