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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 "the technical terminology or characteristic idiom of a special activity or group". The philosopher Condillac observed in 1782 that "every science requires a special language because every science has its own ideas." As a rationalist member of the Enlightenment he continued, "It seems that one ought to begin by composing this language, but people begin by speaking and writing, and the language remains to be composed." In earlier times, the term jargon would refer to trade languages used by people who spoke different native tongues to communicate, such as the Chinook Jargon.

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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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nm. jargon, lingo; patter, vernacular


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