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  • Stan:
    Isn’t it strange that we haven’t turned jargon into a verb? It seems counter-intuitive, considering the propensities of the language. I’ve always had a friendly feeling for jargon. Its use is a warm and fuzzy way for us to identify with our little patch of the tribe, and to recognize our semblables.As a journalist, I’ve observed that our jargon is relatively limited: a few words like “stet,” and “lede, “graf” and “hed,”‘ phrases like “newshole,” (at least in American journalism), but in business, science, academia, and government, jargon rules supreme; at least that’s my understanding of the output resulting from the input, after the throughput has been massaged.

  • Marc: Jargon doesn’t seem to have generated very many derivations, but jargonize/-ise has some currency. Jargonify, less so. I like jargon too, up to a point. Like you say, it helps establish group identity, and there can be ample appeal in the words themselves. As a biologist I’m especially fond of scientific terms, some of which can be truly wonderful. There’s no end of entertainment in zoological nomenclature, to mention but one subset.