Example of Jargon as 'talking down'?

Dave Robertson ddr11 at UVIC.CA
Tue Jun 12 03:53:41 UTC 2007

"In the latter part of 1859 a divorce had been granted in Multnomah 
County.  The woman claimed that her husband came home in the evening and 
when she wanted to kiss him he would say, 'Klat-a-wa,' which was the 
Indian term for 'beat it.' She secured her divorce."

--Captain Ed Carr, Portland, OR
P.299 of Lockley, Fred (ed.).  1981.  Conversations with bullwhackers, 
muleskinners, pioneers, prospectors, '49ers, [...].  Eugene, OR: Rainy Day 

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