A-Z Challenge 2015: J is for Jargon

What is jargon? Jargon is the specialized language of a particular trade or group. It is best to avoid jargon unless you are using the words in a specialized way to someone who belongs to the trade or group that uses the word. Below are just some of the many examples out there in a few categories.


Medical Jargon:

  • BP – Medical shorthand for blood pressure
  • NPO – A patient should not take anything by mouth

Military Jargon:

  • AWOL – Absent without leave
  • SQDN – A squadron

Internet Jargon:

  • BTW – By the way
  • FAQ – Frequently asked questions
  • LOL – Laugh out loud
  • BFF – Best friends forever

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10 Responses

  1. Paula Kaye says:

    I am a nurse! When I was in nursing school I thought the medical jargon was the dumbest of all time. Why not just say nothing by mouth?? I am guilty of using them in my everyday life and often have to explain what they are for.

    Smidgen Snippets & Bits

    • R.K. Grow says:

      Paula I have several good friends who are nurses and they say the same thing. I currently work in health care and I am overwhelmed but all the new jargon and acronyms I am learning.

  2. stephen tremp says:

    I avoid Jargon at all costs. People sound like buffoons when they talk like that.

    Stephen Tremp
    A to Z Cohost
    Twitter: @Stephen Tremp

    • R.K. Grow says:

      Thank you for stopping by Stephen. I think you guys are doing a fantastic job visiting with everyone and this challenge is awesome. Sometimes, I think people enjoy the jargon. It makes them feel special and separated from others. I would just feel stupid.

  3. jlennidorner says:

    J here, stopping by from the #atozchallenge 2015!
    Great post. I’m following you on your listed social media sites.
    It does complicate fiction, doesn’t it?
    Another military one: “Click” – which isn’t click, it’s klick, for kilometer.
    Metrics are not commonly used to measure distance in the US, but “klick” is commonly used by the US military, as they deal mostly with foreign countries.

    • R.K. Grow says:

      Thank you JLenni Dorner for following me. I appreciate that. I had never heard of “Click” meaning “Klick” but there is so much I don’t know. Thank you for sharing an example. I have learned so much from putting together this theme. I did it mostly for myself and others who know how to use it but not how it’s called. Or perhaps we’ve never even heard of it at all. :). Good luck with the challenge. I need to stop by your site now.

  4. jazzfeathers says:

    Jargon is always very hard on people, but sometimes a few occurance can set the mood for a story and create setting.
    It’s a tricky tool, but may be worth it 🙂

    • R.K. Grow says:

      I agree that jargon can be worth it. And sometimes it really does fit the situation and the character in the novel or story.

  5. I worked for government, so it wasn’t so much jargon as acronyms. We had more acronyms than the military!


    • R.K. Grow says:

      Yes, the acronyms will kill you. I work in health care now and the system we use has so many acronyms that I am dying trying to keep them all straight!

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