Jargon or not?


Is the word 'amenity' too close to being jargon? Should I spell out what this means which is difficult as it can cover a range of aspects (i.e. heath and wellbeing, visual amenity, desirable features of the neighbourhood). Also, should the examples be in the middle of the sentence? The sentence is as follows:

A home-based business does not include uses that would impact the amenity of residents, e.g. a mechanic, shop, transport depot or nightclub.


TIA Susan

asked Jan 13 '14 at 00:05 Susan Smith New member

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I don't think that amenity is jargon, but it needs a tweak.  An amenity, even in this context, is a desirable feature.  I think that you mean the amenities of the neighborhood.  The amenities of residents would mean that the people themselves have desirable features.  I think you need to use the plural form unless you are sure the neighborhood only has one desirable feature. 

link answered Jan 13 '14 at 00:35 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Thanks Patty. In all other documents, they refer to it as in relation to the residents as it is how the resident is affected by the business (e.g. their health, well-being) but you are totally right for pointed out that it is actually the amenity of the neighbourhood. Thanks so much for you help.

Susan SmithJan 13 '14 at 00:58

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Would have considered Pattys answer would or should have been answered in correct English. The word pointed is incorrect. It should be "pointing" out thatr it is the      etc etc.


link comment answered Jan 13 '14 at 03:23 Michael Zwar New member

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