Origin of argot
Examples from the Web for argot
The inseparable Thingumy and Bob speak an argot of spoonerisms (“Nake no totice” and so on), and carry a secret ruby.
For those unfamiliar with the argot, a “buffalo” is a “nickel” uh, five years?
In the argot of the wonks and wizards of geopolitics, Latin America has rarely been a game changer.
Heymann had little trouble adapting to the argot of the show.
"Looks as if it would hold," he said in thieves' argot as he turned around.Half A Chance|Frederic S. Isham
Argot would never dare display so openly such a proof of his guilt!The House Opposite|Elizabeth Kent
The soul in French argot is significantly called la fausse, and the conscience la muette; shame is simply la rouge.The Criminal|Havelock Ellis
You wouldn't understand the argot in my songs, and if you did you wouldn't understand my being able to sing them.Sylvia & Michael|Compton Mackenzie
But in the outer salon the talk was to the last degree shoppy, and overflowed with the argot of the studios.In the Days of My Youth|Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
Word Origin for argot
1860, from French argot (17c.) "the jargon of Paris rogues and thieves," earlier "the company of beggars," from Middle French argot, "group of beggars," origin unknown. Gamillscheg suggests a connection to Old French argoter "to cut off the stubs left in pruning," with a connecting sense of "to get a grip on." The best English equivalent is perhaps cant. The German equivalent is Rotwelsch, literally "Red Welsh," but the first element may be connected with Middle High German rot "beggar." Earlier in English was pedlar's French (1520s) "language of thieves and vagabonds."