Laymen's terms

Posted by Bruce Kahl on April 24, 2005

In Reply to: Laymen's terms posted by Shaun Taft on April 24, 2005

: I have been looking around all over and have not been able to discover the actual definition and origin of the phrase "laymen's terms." I have heard it said many times and I understand it but I still don't know the actually meaning.

A layman is someone who is not an expert in a particular field of study or profession.

Layman's terms are very simple and easy explanations of a particular subject.

For instance, I got a resume this week with one person stating that she ran.. "LANDesk Server Manager products, maximizing critical server uptime through proactive and emergency management tools."

In layman's terms she worked at a computer help desk.