Doncaster residents scored 51% – below the national average – when tested on the Oxford Dictionary’s new words

CV writing professionals, Purple CV, wanted to find out how Brits would score when tested on their vocab skills, and jargon in the workplace.

Thursday, 11th April 2019, 3:19 pm
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They conducted a survey of 3,000 Brits and found that when tested on The Oxford English Dictionary’s updated words, they achieved an average score of just 56%!

Perhaps people in the North West of England should brush up on their vocabulary, as when compared across the UK, it was found that they scored the lowest on average at 50%.

It seems Scots, on the other hand, are more clued up scoring 69% on average.

The good people of Doncaster scored 51% - there's room for improvement!

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Purple CV also found that 53% of Brits have admitted to using a word in a sentence without knowing its true meaning. On a more uplifting note, however, 47% of respondents are constantly trying to improve and expand their vocabulary, showing a keen willingness to keep up with the times.The survey also asked British employees about how well they understand industry talk in their workplace. 1/3 admitted to using business jargon in an interview without fully understanding its meaning and half of respondents said they have sat through a work meeting without understanding the business jargon being used.First impressions are everything, especially when it comes to job interviews. The study found that 77% of managers would be more likely to hire a candidate who uses a wide and varied vocabulary, and 81% of employers say that a job candidate using a word in the wrong sense is unforgivable. Interestingly, 55% of managers say they dislike slang or abbreviations being used in the workplace.When broken down by industry, it was found that those in IT seem to know the least, with 68% admitting they don’t always know what’s cracking in meetings (and who can blame them - hands up if anyone knows what a Recursive Pyramid Algorithm is?!).Other interesting stats to emerge from the survey include:

64% of people think people who use long, complicated words appear more intelligent.

In fact, one-third of single Brits say they would be more attracted to somebody if they had an expansive vocabulary.

Three-quarters of British singletons also unashamedly admit that they would cancel a date if the other person repeatedly made grammatical errors in messages.

‘It’s important to know how to communicate effectively and appropriately in your field of work,’ says Andrew Arkley from Purple CV. ‘Learning the language will help improve your application and interview skills and hopefully, get you hired!’