Definitions for: Jargon


[n] specialized technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject
[n] a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
[n] a colorless (or pale yellow or smoky) variety of zircon



Webster (1913) Definition: Jar"gon, n. [F. jargon, OF. also gargon, perh. akin to
E. garrulous, or gargle.]
Confused, unintelligible language; gibberish; hence, an
artificial idiom or dialect; cant language; slang. ``A
barbarous jargon.'' --Macaulay. ``All jargon of the
schools.'' --Prior.

The jargon which serves the traffickers. --Johnson.


Jar"gon (j[aum]r"g[o^]n), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
Jargoned (-g[o^]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Jargoning.]
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.
--Longfellow.


Jar"gon, n. [E. jargon, It. jiargone; perh. fr. Pers.
zarg?n gold-colored, fr. zar gold. Cf. Zircon.] (Min.)
A variety of zircon. See Zircon.

Synonyms: argot, cant, jargoon, lingo, patois, slang, vernacular

See Also: ecobabble, Eurobabble, expressive style, gobbledygook, non-standard speech, psychobabble, rhyming slang, style, technobabble, zircon, zirconium silicate

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Famous Quotes Containing Jargon:


I think we invent jargon because it saves times talking to one-another.

-- John M. Smith ( -)

Incomprehensible jargon is the hallmark of a profession.

-- Kingman Brewster, Jr. (American Educator)

Aim for brevity while avoiding jargon.

-- Edsger Dijkstra (Dutch Scientist)

You must learn to talk clearly. The jargon of scientific terminology which rolls off your tongues is mental garbage.

-- Martin H. Fischer ( -)

Our business is infested with idiots who try to impress by using pretentious jargon.

-- David Ogilvy (English Businessman)

I dislike literary jargon and never use it. Criticism has only one function and that is to help readers read and understand literature. It is not a science, it is an aid to art.

-- Anne Stevenson (American Poet)

I prefer the honest jargon of reality to the outright lies of books.

-- Jean Rostand (French Scientist)

Ours is the age of substitutes: instead of language, we have jargon: instead of principles, slogans: and, instead of genuine ideas, bright ideas.

-- Eric Bentley (English Critic)

Yet Aristotle's excellence of substance, so far from being associated with the grand style, is associated with something that at times comes perilously near jargon.

-- Irving Babbitt (American Critic)

The jargon of sculptors is beyond me. I do not know precisely why I admire a green granite female, apparently pregnant monster with one eye going around a square corner.

-- Ezra Pound (American Poet)


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