jargon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n jargon specialized technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject
    • n jargon a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves) "they don't speak our lingo"
    • n jargon a colorless (or pale yellow or smoky) variety of zircon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Jargon (Min) A variety of zircon. See Zircon.
    • Jargon an artificial idiom or dialect; cant language; slang. "All jargon of the schools.""The jargon which serves the traffickers."
    • Jargon Confused, unintelligible language; gibberish. "A barbarous jargon .""All jargon of the schools."
    • v. i Jargon jär"gŏn To utter jargon; to emit confused or unintelligible sounds; to talk unintelligibly, or in a harsh and noisy manner. "The noisy jay, Jargoning like a foreigner at his food."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n jargon Confused, unintelligible talk; irregular, formless speech or language; gabble; gibberish; babble.
    • n jargon Specifically A barbarous mixed speech, without literary monuments; a rude language resulting from the mixture of two or more discordant languages, especially of a cultivated language with a barbarous one: as, the Chinook jargon; the jargon called Pidgin-English.
    • n jargon Any phraseology peculiar to a sect, profession, trade, art, or science; professional slang or cant.
    • n jargon Synonyms Chatter, Babble, etc. See prattle, n.
    • jargon To utter unintelligible sounds.
    • n jargon A colorless, yellowish, or smoky variety of the mineral zircon from Ceylon. The gray varieties are sold in Ceylon as inferior diamonds, and called Matura diamonds, because most abundant in the district of Matura.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Jargon jär′gon confused talk: slang
    • n Jargon jär′gon a variety of zircon found in Ceylon, transparent, colourless
    • Jargon Also Jar′goon
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Quotations

  • Jean Rostand
    Jean%20Rostand
    “I prefer the honest jargon of reality to the outright lies of books.”
  • G. O. Ashley
    G. O. Ashley
    “Like other occult techniques of divination, the statistical method has a private jargon deliberately contrived to obscure its methods from non-practitioners.”
  • William Zinsser
    William Zinsser
    “Clutter is the disease of American writing. We are a society strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills and meaningless jargon.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
E. jargon, It. jiargone,; perh. fr. Pers. zargūn, gold-colored, fr. zar, gold. Cf. Zircon

Usage

In literature:

Many a greeting was bestowed upon Luke, in the wild jargon of the tribe.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
The Egyptian was unable to understand him, and the fellow's jargon was quite unintelligible to Helmar.
"Under the Rebel's Reign" by Charles Neufeld
I am afraid I have made use of religious jargon, like many others.
"The French Prisoners of Norman Cross A Tale" by Arthur Brown
They suckered you, if you want the jargon.
"Card Trick" by Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett
The young Aluys was an apt scholar, and soon mastered all the jargon of the alchymists.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
If you speak to your fellow-man you are not entitled to use jargon.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
This was the Jargon and Practice of those Times.
"The Natural History of Chocolate" by D. de Quelus
We find the Shakespearean name with their thoughts and deeds turned into operatic jargon.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
While she listened the lights of the car died wholly out, but the jargon of noises from the truck kept away some of the loneliness.
"The Daughter of a Magnate" by Frank H. Spearman
I then asked in jargon for 'une billet a Glasgow.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
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In poetry:

‘I am sister to the mountains now,
And sister to the sun and moon.’
‘Heed not belletrist jargon.’
John Davidson.
"A Ballad Of A Bun" by Sir Owen Seaman
Thy liberty is but a name—
A byword—a jargon, in fine!
Thy freemen of colour—oh shame!—
Are glad to escape from thy clime!
"The Emigrant" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
A saintly sparrow jargons madrigals
to waken dreamers in the milky dawn,
while tulips bow like a college of cardinals
before that papal paragon, the sun.
"April Aubade" by Sylvia Plath
The Husbandman and Hind may full as well,
E'en whilst at plough, to their Creator pray,
As to their cattle some dull jargon tell,
Or silly singsong, all the live-long day.
"Advice To Pray Earnestly, And On All Occasions, Supposed To Be Address'd To His Own Son" by Rees Prichard
The stand throng'd with faces, the broadcloth and laces,
The booths, and the tents, and the cars,
The bookmakers' jargon, for odds making bargain,
The nasty stale smell of cigars.
"Hippodromania; Or, Whiffs From The Pipe" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
He at whose word the orb that bore him shivered
To find her central sovereignty disowned,
While the wan lips of priest and pontiff quivered,
Their jargon stilled, their Baal disenthroned.
"A Welcome To Dr. Benjamin Apthorp Gould" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

In American political jargon, an October surprise is a news event with the potential to influence the outcome of an election, particularly one for the US presidency (Wikipedia).
While the role doesn't involve complex medical jargon, it does require plenty of action.
In his opening statement, Bohn, after a heartfelt acknowledgement of the difficulty of the decision -- "We desperately wanted it to work," he said -- then awkwardly described the decision in business school jargon.
That bit of jargon does not mean what it says.
Decoding the Police Jargon Overheard at Occupy.
In fact, some firms have registered trademarks, which are taken directly from marijuana street jargon.
Corporate jargon mars the choices PRSA has offered to define the industry, according to this PR agency owner.
Grammar jargon can be pretty off-putting.
Don't be fooled by some of the jargon of biomedical research: People who respond strongly to placebo medications are not dummies.
Published Monday, Nov 19, 2012, at 11:41 p.m. Don't be fooled by some of the jargon of biomedical research: People who respond strongly to placebo medications are not dummies.
All that complicated, jargon-filled, coach-speak.
About the meaning of new restaurant industry jargon, I'm usually curious enough without doing much more than wondering.
Blogs Insurers Required to Ditch the Jargon.
The poster in Deborah Haarsma's office bears the bold title, "Long, long ago in galaxies far, far away" -- appropriate Star Wars jargon for a Calvin College astronomy professor.
Unlike Most Marxist Jargon, 'Class Warfare' Persists.
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In science:

In the quantuminformation jargon, it is sufficient that U be a unitary 2-design.
Black Hole Complementarity and the Harlow-Hayden Conjecture
The reader should thank Joel Spencer who totally rewrote the paper (using the computer science jargon rather than the logicians one), and with some revisions up to the restatement in the proof of 2.1 but with 3.1, this is the version presented here.
Very weak zero one law for random graphs with order and random binary functions
In SG jargon L∗ is called the overlap length and λ is denoted ζ , the chaos exponent [3,7].
Chaos in the Random Field Ising Model
This subdiscipline of meson physics considers the pion to be the most interesting of mesons because it is the lowest-lying excitation, in condensed matter jargon the “gap mode”.
MESON2000 Conference Summary
The jargon of the study of networks is unfortunately confused by differing usages among investigators from different fields.
The structure and function of complex networks
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