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jargon

Postby William Hupy » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:39 am

We have all used this word in our respective fields. Where did it come from?
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Re: jargon

Postby Perry Lassiter » Wed Nov 28, 2012 12:20 pm

The Online Etymological Dictionary speaks thus:

jargon (n.)
mid-14c., "unintelligible talk, gibberish; chattering, jabbering," from O.Fr. jargon "a chattering" (of birds), also "language, speech," especially "idle talk; thieves' Latin." Ultimately of echoic origin (cf. L. garrire "to chatter," English gargle). Often applied to something the speaker does not understand, hence meaning "mode of speech full of unfamiliar terms" (1650s). Middle English also had it as a verb, jargounen "to chatter" (late 14c.), from French.
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