This morning, in an online Greek class, we learned some of the rules for Greek accenting.  The rules are complex and full of academic jargon.

Later, I thought of what a weird word jargon is.  I wondered where it came from.

This is what I found out.

Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines jargon as confused, unintelligible talk or language; gabble; gibberish.

Vocabulary.com defines jargon as the specialized language used by people in the same work or profession.

Evidently, the word comes from Middle English, perhaps Old French, and imitates to the sound of chatter or meaningless words.


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