It really grinds my gears if colleagues from non-technical departments attempt to use technical terms but use them wrong. It might be gatekeeping but please, use a technical term if you are confident you are using it correctly. Otherwise use layman's words. Using technical terms incorrectly sends our brains down the wrong road and we have to make a mental U turn. And you sound like a masterhacker from a TV show or movie.

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    I'll API you over a good singleton for that rant.
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    I agree and I don't think It's gatekeeping. What would it even gatekeep? The english language? People should use words correctly not just within tech but in all aspects of life. Otherwise we might as well throw all vocal communication attempts out and just communicate using cave wall paintings again...
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    I feel you, but I slightly disagree. What are layman's words? Think of the "non-technical person" as someone talking to a goldsmith or a plumber trying to communicate their wishes without knowing the technical terms, but trying to get as close and precise as they can.
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    I speak English. I hate it when someone tries to use a new noun that they aren’t completely familiar with. Go read a feckin manual or a dictionary then come back when you speak English. There is no leeway for learning around me and making mistakes buster.
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    According to sales, everything is a database or an integration.
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    Reminds me of non-technical people in France who are raging when you use English words as your technical lexical field.

    Like yeah, we're 1% of programmers on the planet, and we decided to all discuss our issues in our own language to obviously make it a lot easier to access information.

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    Like they say "If we set the value there, the [website] can broadcast it."

    No, a webserver is not "broadcasting" anything. Just say "it will be displayed on page X" instead of "the value will be broadcasted". Stop sales-speaking to me.
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