When I read that the ISACA Journal was devoting an issue to the language of information security, I felt compelled to contribute. Most of my adult life has been dedicated to the study of language in some way, beginning as an undergraduate English major. As a professional, I remain fascinated at the centrality of language to everything that we do; as an academic, I have studied language usage and effects. The technical aspects of language such as grammar, syntax and vocabulary are the structures that allow us to communicate with each other. At a more abstract level, language provides meaning through the narratives and stories we use to describe human experiences.