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  1. a word or phrase, often sounding authoritative or technical, that is a vogue term in a particular profession, field of study, popular culture, etc.
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Origin of buzzword

First recorded in 1965–70; buzz1 + word
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jargon, slang, argot, cant, phraseology, lingo, doublespeak

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also buzz word, 1946, from buzz (n.) + word (n.). Noted as Harvard student slang for the key words in a lecture or reading. Perhaps from the use of buzz in the popular counting game.

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