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Thursday, March 02, 2000

Definitions for argot

  1. A specialized and often secret vocabulary and idiom peculiar to a particular group.
  2. A secret language or conventional slang peculiar to thieves, tramps, and vagabonds.

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Citations for argot
In William Aberg's "Siempre," set in an unusual Arizona jail that housed both men and women, a veteran talks a novice through fear of the penitentiary (the pinta, in Mexican argot) to which she is being sent. Bell Gale Chevigny, Doing Time: 25 Years of Prison Writing
The side road was a bit narrow but in good repair. But as happened from time to time, the last few miles to our destination, in this case the park, were unpaved--"unsealed" in Aussie argot. Don Langley, Los Angeles Times
Origin of argot
Argot is from the French.