Laymanize

What Does Laymanize Mean?

To laymanize is to transform technical jargon or high-level communications into simple, or layman’s, terms. This makes the message more accessible to a broad audience, many of whom have no experience or knowledge on the technical topic. Laymanizing is important in IT because more technical language can be incomprehensible even to regular tech users.

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Techopedia Explains Laymanize

The term “layman” refers to a non-expert. It was preceded by the common phrase “in layman’s terms,” and gained some ground when it became an official entry on CollinsDictionary.com in 2012. This concept is especially relevant in the tech world, where many of the technologies we rely on every day are beyond what most people have the background to understand. A laymanized description of a concept provides people with as much information as they are likely to be able to process, rather than speaking in technical terms and losing them altogether.

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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.