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I’ve been home since Saturday now, and since Saturday I’ve heard a great deal of talk about mongrelizin’ the race, and it’s led me to wonder if that’s not rather an unfortunate phrase, and if probably it should be discarded from Southern jargon these days.
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
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  • I’ve been home since Saturday now, and since Saturday I’ve heard a great deal of talk about mongrelizin’ the race, and it’s led me to wonder if that’s not rather an unfortunate phrase, and if probably it should be discarded from Southern jargon these days.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • (absolument) in the sense of ’absolutely,’ expressed himself, in fact, in that Great Russo-French jargon which the French ridicule so when they have no reason for assuring us that we speak French like angels, (comme des anges.’
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • This they would sing, as a chorus, to words which to many would seem unmeaning jargon, but which, nevertheless, were full of meaning to themselves.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • I got through some jargon to the effect that I took the liberty of doubting that.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations

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  • He replied in a jargon I did not comprehend.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Each contained a message of only one or two lines, in the abbreviated jargon — not actually Newspeak, but consisting largely of Newspeak words — which was used in the Ministry for internal purposes.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • It was hard to tell, with all this strange legal jargon, words he had never heard before; but was not this plain—"the party of the first part hereby covenants and agrees to rent to the said party of the second part!"
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Amid the jargon of Indian dialects that he now plainly heard, it was easy to distinguish not only words, but sentences, in the patois of the Canadas.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • No more of this Southern jargon between you and me!
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • "That’s just the jargon of the courts," Razumihin put in.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment

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  • The Shock Shop, Mr. McMurphy, is jargon for the EST machine, the Electro Shock Therapy.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Fantine mingled in the group, and began to laugh with the rest at the harangue, which contained slang for the populace and jargon for respectable people.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • She talked to him for what seemed a long while and she talked about this and she talked about that and it was only words, like the words he had heard once in a nursery at a friend’s house, a two-year-old child building word patterns, talking jargon, making pretty sounds in the air.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • A fourth, considerably smaller area that occupied only a few employees was what was called PI or P-In, in internal jargon pinders, which stood for personal investigations.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • "Do not despair," said he to the disconsolate Candide, "I understand a little of the jargon of these people, I will speak to them."
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Technical jargon from another dark age.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • The goatherds did not understand this jargon about squires and knights-errant, and all they did was to eat in silence and stare at their guests, who with great elegance and appetite were stowing away pieces as big as one’s fist.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Thus it was discovered that Jose Arcadio Buendia’s devilish jargon was Latin.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • "Listen to that jargon," the second one countered, rolling her eyes.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • But the deus ex machina , sometimes known in the technical jargon as ’the old parachute-under-theairplaneseat trick’, finally went out of vogue around the year 1700.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • I’m no fan of the latest French theory or of jargon of any stripe, but sometimes we really can’t do without it.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • "What doubt can you have of the Creator when you behold His creation?" the priest went on in the rapid customary jargon.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • I’m not up on Air Force codes and jargon.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Sitting upon my throne of augury, As is my wont, where every fowl of heaven Find harborage, upon mine ears was borne A jargon strange of twitterings, hoots, and screams; So knew I that each bird at the other tare With bloody talons, for the whirr of wings Could signify naught else.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • I detest jargon of every kind, and sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in but what was worn and hackneyed out of all sense and meaning.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • I despise this modern jargon.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Besides these Dervishes, were other three who had rushed into another sect, which mended matters with a jargon about "the Centre of Truth:" holding that Man had got out of the Centre of Truth—which did not need much demonstration—but had not got out of the Circumference, and that he was to be kept from flying out of the Circumference, and was even to be shoved back into the Centre, by fasting and seeing of spirits.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The whole business seemed to many of them merely a new and pretentious jargon of weasel concepts.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Each cage was labeled in some indecipherable scientific jargon.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • The law of nature is a jargon of words, which means nothing.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • The thought of the ridicule struck deeper than any other sensation: Lily knew every turn of the allusive jargon which could flay its victims without the shedding of blood.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • It is likewise to be observed, that this society has a peculiar cant and jargon of their own, that no other mortal can understand, and wherein all their laws are written, which they take special care to multiply; whereby they have wholly confounded the very essence of truth and falsehood, of right and wrong; so that it will take thirty years to decide, whether the field left me by my ancestors for six generations belongs to me, or to a stranger three hundred miles off.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • With all of their noisy devotion to the age of science, their hysterically technological jargon, their cyclotrons, their sound rays, these men were moved forward, not by the image of an industrial skyline, but by the vision of that form of existence which the industrialists had swept away-the vision of a fat, unhygienic rajah of India, with vacant eyes staring in indolent stupor out of stagnant layers of flesh, with nothing to do but run precious gems through his fingers and, once in a…
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The term operations was jargon, but it meant field work.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • It is a fact, that in a fortnight, and after three dinners in general society, this young woman had got up the genteel jargon so well, that a native could not speak it better; and it was only from her French being so good, that you could know she was not a born woman of fashion.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • How is it possible to extort a meaning from all this jargon about ’devil’s seats,’
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
  • The only difference is that it’s brought gloriously up to date with a lot of jargon about complexes and repressions and sublimations that the writer brought home from his analyst’s.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Had he felt the need of an implicit faith amid the welter of sectarianism and the jargon of its turbulent schisms, six principle men, peculiar people, seed and snake baptists, supralapsarian dogmatists?
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • It was a strange jargon—the Lord’s Prayer repeated backwards—the incantation usual in proceedings for obtaining unhallowed assistance against an enemy.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • The cozy jargon of Cecilia’s Cambridge—the Halls, the Maids’ Dancing, the Little-Go, and all the self-adoring slumming, the knickers drying before the electric fire and two to a hairbrush—made Emily Tallis a little cross, though not remotely jealous.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • She could not follow the ugly academic jargon, that rattled itself off so glibly, but said to herself that she saw now why going to the circus had knocked him off his perch, poor little man, and why he came out, instantly, with all that about his father and mother and brothers and sisters, and she would see to it that they didn’t laugh at him any more; she would tell Prue about it.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • …correcting her invisible route, trying another, more intense path, another means of proceeding without drowning in the slimy marsh that flowed from her womb, droning like a horsefly as she asked herself questions and answered in her native jargon; where was that something in the shadows that only she knew about and that she longed for just for herself, until she succumbed without waiting for anybody, she fell alone into her abyss with a jubilant explosion of total victory that made…
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • (v) Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
  • Death of my soul, I have had enough of your other jargon.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • He used the jargon of the studios with overpowering effect.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • MADAME PACE is supposed to talk in a jargon half Italian, half English.
    Luigi Pirandello  --  Six Characters in Search of an Author
  • Prayers and garbled bits of jargon flew from her lips.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • Now this is the normal jargon of your kind.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • The air was soon thick with jargon and code.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • The Army’s animal-care technicians are classified 91-T, which in Army jargon becomes 91-Tango.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
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