Thursday, September 17, 2009

Jargon of the Week

Jason came up with this fun idea for a weekly post. Once a week, I'm going to write about some sort of jargon from the industry.

To get the ball rolling, I'm going to define jargon. Don't worry, it can only get better from here.

Jargon defines jargon as:

1. the language, esp. the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group: medical jargon.
2. unintelligible or meaningless talk or writing; gibberish.
3. any talk or writing that one does not understand.
4. pidgin.
5. language that is characterized by uncommon or pretentious vocabulary and convoluted syntax and is often vague in meaning.

–verb (used without object)
6. to speak in or write jargon; jargonize.

1300–50; ME jargoun < MF; OF jargon, gargun, deriv. of an expressive base *garg-; see gargle, gargoyle

In the future, I will define what the word of the week means in the quilting, crafting, or creative industry.

This should turn out to be an interesting way to think about the words we as crafty people use and know to mean one thing, but mean something different to the rest of the world.

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