An initial 4A N2...?
Dennis R. Preston
preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Mon Jul 1 12:00:19 UTC 2002
>The lexicographer and the sociolinguist agree.
>On Sun, Jun 30, 2002 at 09:49:44PM -0400, James A. Landau wrote:
>> I say yes. If a word is jargon, it is not slang. If an employer gives his
>> employees a glossary of words which the employees are required to use, then
>> the words in that glossary have become jargon.
>> A clarificaition: a word can be part of the technical vocabulary of one
>> group, and therefore jargon as far as that group is concerned, yet be slang
>> to the outside world. "Homer" was the only example I could think of. A
>> baseball player is not unlikely to get into a discussion of the alleged
>> home-team bias of a particular umpire, and therefore finds "homer" meaning
>> "umpire biased towards the home team" as part of his technical vocabulary.
>> To the fan in the stands, however, "homer" is merely another, and not very
>> necessary, term for a home run.
>> Yes, a word or term can simultaneously be jargon, within a particular group,
>> and slang outside that group. See examples above.
>I'm not sure I agree with this--why can't there be a word which is both
>jargon, in that it is part of the technical vocabulary of some particular
>group, and also slang _even to members of that group,_ if it has the
>rhetorical marking, insociant, etc. attitudes one would otherwise
>consider a hallmark of slang?
>For example, take the word _bumsickle,_ in use among medical
>personnel to refer to a homeless person suffering from hypothermia.
>This would strike me as jargon in that it's got a specific meaning
>among medical personnel, it describes something for which there's
>no other brief synonym, it would be used in real medical situations
>to communicate something etc., but it also strikes me as clearly
>slangy for various reasons.
Dennis R. Preston
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