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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Definitions for argot

  1. the special vocabulary and idiom of a particular profession or social group: sociologists' argot.
  2. a specialized idiomatic vocabulary peculiar to a particular class or group of people, especially that of an underworld group, devised for private communication and identification: a Restoration play rich in thieves' argot.

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Citations for argot
Like the best corporate argot, "optimize" is back-formation. Some uses seem to have derived from the Latin optimus, which the poet Horace used to mean "morally good and indifferent to trivia." Virginia Heffernan, "A Sucker Is Optimized Every Minute," New York Times Magazine, March 17, 2015
I had little feeling for her, though I was captivated by the interplay of our two languages, both expressed in the most primitive argot. Cynthia Ozick, Heir to the Glimmering World, 2004
Origin of argot
Argot comes from the French noun derivative of argoter which means "to quarrel."