Thursday, July 21, 2016

Jargonwatch: Resonate

Usage: That example didn't resonate with me.

Translation: I hated it.

Assessment: I first remember hearing this usage about 20 years ago (c.1996). I kind of liked it, since it seemed to be based on the scientific principle of constructive interference. But it is way over-used, mostly euphemistically, in the same way we say "issues" rather than "problems". So it should be avoided.

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