When my older sister was in medical school, she taught me “MedSpeak,” which is supposedly a way to instantly sound like a doctor. I prefer to call it TechSpeak, because you can use the same technique to sound an expert about any subject, without knowing anything special about it. Okay, so it really isn’t that convincing, but it’s quite fun, and rather addictive.
In MedSpeak/TechSpeak, you simply substitute a very specialized type of two-word phrase for one-word nouns. The secret is that every term is made up of one specific descriptor ending in “-al”, followed by a more generalized category descriptor:
|smoke detector||screamal device|