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argot

Argot is language particular to a specific group. It can mean a kind of slang, a technical language or a code. In high school, only those who spend their time studying computer manuals could understand the argot of the computer lab kids.

The word argot was originally used to describe the slang of thieves and rogues, who spoke in sneaky ways that the upright citizen couldn’t understand. We can also use argot to describe less criminal kinds of vocabularies. Any specialized practice can create an argot: boxers talk of bodyshots and jabs, just as grammar teachers complain of split infinitives and dangling participles.

Definitions of argot
  1. noun
    a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)
    synonyms: cant, jargon, lingo, patois, slang, vernacular
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    types:
    street name
    slang for something (especially for an illegal drug)
    rhyming slang
    slang that replaces words with rhyming words or expressions and then typically omits the rhyming component
    type of:
    non-standard speech
    speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community
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