From: goehring@feserve.cc.purdue.edu (Scott Goehring)
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Subject: Re: Why all the jargon?
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In article <563@uucs1.UUCP>, gaf@uucs1.UUCP (gaf) writes:

>The original poster used the word "argot" instead of the already >existing and well understood word "jargon". I'm not picking on that >person at all, I just use that as an example of how Scientology has >needlessly invented a word to replace one which is already well >established in the language.

ar.got \'a:r-g*t, -(.)go-\ n [F] 1: a special vocabulary and idiom used by a particular underworld group esp. as a means of private communication 2: the language of a particular social group or class

jar.gon \'ja:r-g*n, -.ga:n\ \.ja:r-g*-'nis-tik\ n [ME, fr. MF] 1a: confused unintelligible language 1b: a strange, outlandish, or barbarous language or dialect 1c: a hybrid language or dialect simplified in vocabulary and grammar and used for communication between peoples of different speech 2: the technical terminology or characteristic idiom of a special activity or group 3: obscure and often pretentious language marked by circumlocutions and long words - jar.gon.is.tic aj

both terms seem to apply (although some might argue that scientology is or is not an "underworld group"), and neither was developed by scientology.

>From the televised corporate presentations I've seen, there are lots of >other examples. I could barely understand what was being said >sometimes, and had to really work to figure it out from the context of >the speech. The jargon was so thick and deliberate I started wondering >if it was a way of speaking to the "in" crowd in code, so that outsiders >like me wouldn't know what they were saying.

i strongly suspect that the development of the complex terminology is intended at least partially to confuse and bewilder the uninitiated; it tends to cloud their judgement (gee, he knows all these really neat terms, he *must* know what he's talking about). -- Rho has made a few mistakes in her postings regarding to this subject. The first one is actually trying to reply. The accepted method is to ignore his [Bruce Woodcock's] posts in hope that they will go away. -- Dirque, in rec.games.mud

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