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used in Do You Speak American?

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specialized terminology characteristic of a particular group such as doctors or thieves
  • Take the common American expression come clean, to tell or confess everything, which originated in cant, or underworld jargon, and emerged as common slang in the 1920s.
    one — The Language Wars (52% in)
  • ...introduction by more and more incompetent English teachers, products of the new system ... of ever fancier techniques of not teaching English, for which, if the methods involved new technologies and were couched in the appropriately impenetrable jargon, grants could readily be obtained; and (4) television—the non-language and aboriginal grammar of commercials, commentators, sports announcers, athletes, assorted celebrities, and just about everyone on that word-mongering and word-mangling...
    one — The Language Wars (15% in)
  • Starfucking is just one example of how movie-industry jargon has permeated Mainstream American English.
    seven — Language from a State of Change (3% in)
  • Not only is surfer talk evolving, like every form of specialized slang or jargon, but surfers are as much influenced by other features of the California dialect as Valley Girl talk is by surfers.
    seven — Language from a State of Change (47% in)
  • Surfboarding begat skateboarding, which begat snowboarding, and each new sport begat its own new slang and jargon.
    seven — Language from a State of Change (56% in)
  • We are endlessly creative, and that innovation in all fields constantly generates fresh language, considered slang or jargon when new, but soon made respectable or it disappears.
    eight — Teaching Computers to Speak American (92% in)

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