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jargon1

[jahr-guh n, -gon] /ˈdʒɑr gən, -gɒn/
noun
1.
the language, especially the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group:
medical jargon.
2.
unintelligible or meaningless talk or writing; gibberish.
3.
any talk or writing that one does not understand.
4.
5.
language that is characterized by uncommon or pretentious vocabulary and convoluted syntax and is often vague in meaning.
verb (used without object)
6.
to speak in or write jargon; jargonize.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English jargoun < Middle French; Old French jargon, gargun, derivative of an expressive base *garg-; see gargle, gargoyle
Related forms
jargony, jargonistic, adjective
jargonist, jargoneer, noun
Synonyms
1. See language. 2. babble, gabble, twaddle.

jargon2

[jahr-gon] /ˈdʒɑr gɒn/
noun
1.
a colorless to smoky gem variety of zircon.
Also, jargoon
[jahr-goon] /dʒɑrˈgun/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin
1760-70; < French < Italian giargonePersian zargūn gold-colored
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Examples from the web for jargon
  • This is no surprise; column inches strewn with impenetrable jargon are a tough sell.
  • Knowing the jargon of tour operators will help in planning your trip.
  • All special groups, including sociologists, develop their own jargon.
  • Goodman shows a talent for making clinical jargon sound downright poetic.
  • Sentences are too long, and jargon is too common.
  • All of this jargon separates into unique, if not pedantic, definitions.
  • It's pleasant to see this new techno-creole of video jargon and web-geek jargon.
  • You are greatly amused by the scientific jargon.
  • Britain's nurses are being sedated by the jargon gendarmes.
  • If the jargon seems a bit dense, you can sum it up thusly: Hmm.
British Dictionary definitions for jargon

jargon1

/ˈdʒɑːɡən/
noun
1.
specialized language concerned with a particular subject, culture, or profession
2.
language characterized by pretentious syntax, vocabulary, or meaning
3.
gibberish
4.
another word for pidgin
verb
5.
(intransitive) to use or speak in jargon
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, perhaps of imitative origin; see gargle

jargon2

/ˈdʒɑːɡɒn/
noun
1.
(mineralogy, rare) a golden yellow, smoky, or colourless variety of zircon
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Italian giargone, ultimately from Persian zargūn of the golden colour; see zircon
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Word Origin and History for jargon
n.

mid-14c., "unintelligible talk, gibberish; chattering, jabbering," from Old French jargon "a chattering" (of birds), also "language, speech," especially "idle talk; thieves' Latin." Ultimately of echoic origin (cf. Latin garrire "to chatter," English gargle). Often applied to something the speaker does not understand, hence meaning "mode of speech full of unfamiliar terms" (1650s). Middle English also had it as a verb, jargounen "to chatter" (late 14c.), from French.

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jargon in Culture

jargon definition


A special language belonging exclusively to a group, often a profession. Engineers, lawyers, doctors, tax analysts, and the like all use jargon to exchange complex information efficiently. Jargon is often unintelligible to those outside the group that uses it. For example, here is a passage from a computer manual with the jargon italicized: “The RZ887-x current loop interface allows the computer to use a centronics blocked duplex protocol.” (See slang.)

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