The Use of Jargons
I was in a computer café then and I heard two young men speaking with each other whose language seemed to be Greek to me. They seem to have been using codes to conceal something. One young man asked the other, “What are you wearing?” The other young man answered, “…an adept armor.” Then the first young man asked again, “Are you slotted?” That one got me really confused and curious, somehow. I really didn’t get to understand what they were saying. I tried to get near them because I got curious to those weird young men. I saw them playing with an online game and it was only then that I realized that those online gamers were using their own jargon. I was not part of their conversation so I don’t think they would bother explain to me what being “slotted” means. I have also experienced confusing someone with my use of jargon. I am very interested in Chemistry and not all of my friends are into it.
One time, I’ve said in class that I’m already “saturated.” Those who have heard me were surprised to hear it from me and some of them having blank faces for they do not seem to know what my expression mean. For my case, it wouldn’t be difficult for me to explain to them what being saturated mean because they already have the clues. We were overwhelmed with too much information from our lectures and I can’t seem to absorb and comprehend any more information. Besides, that word is commonly used by a lot of people so it doesn’t really seem like a jargon at all.
I think it is okay to use ambiguous language just as long as the person using it will be able to relate what he is trying to say to the other party and not just trying to impress other people by how knowledgeable he is with one thing and as long as he won’t be confusing people. The two last consequences of using jargons is the result of an unethical use of jargons.
Nakatani, Lloyd and Mark Jones. “Jargons and Infocentrism.” 1997. ACM SIGPLAN Workshop on Domain-Specific Languages. 18 November 2008. <http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/summary?doi=10.1.1.51.858>