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jargon
n. professional vocabulary, words used by a specific group or profession; gibberish, unintelligible words or writing; pidgin, language which has been corrupted or simplified from its original form; colorless or smoky kind of zircon

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Jargon
Jargon is a type of language that is used in a particular context and may not be well understood outside of it. The context is usually a particular occupation (that is, a certain tradeprofession, or academic field), but any ingroup can have jargon. The main trait that distinguishes jargon from the rest of a language is special vocabulary—including some words specific to it and, often, narrower senses of words that outgroups would tend to take in a broader sense. Jargon is thus "the technical terminology or characteristic idiom of a special activity or group". Most jargon is technical terminology, involving terms of art or industry terms, with particular meaning within a specific industry. A main driving force in the creation of technical jargon is precision and when a discussion must easily range from general themes to specific, finely differentiated details without circumlocution. A side effect of this is a higher threshold for comprehensibility, which is usually accepted as a trade-off but is sometimes even used as a means of social exclusion (reinforcing ingroup-outgroup barriers) or social aspiration (when intended as a way of showing off).

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jargon

Noun
1. a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
(synonym) cant, slang, lingo, argot, patois, vernacular
(hypernym) non-standard speech
(hyponym) street name
(class) wog
(class) square, straight
2. a colorless (or pale yellow or smoky) variety of zircon
(synonym) jargoon
(hypernym) zircon, zirconium silicate
3. specialized technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject
(hypernym) expressive style, style
(hyponym) ecobabble


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Jargon (der)
nm. cant, jargon, slang, lingo, language characteristic of a certain group or class of people

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jargon
nm. jargon, lingo; patter, vernacular


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