Jargon 101: Everything You Should Know About this Specialized Language

Jargon 101: Everything You Should Know About this Specialized Language

Let’s break down jargon by exploring the 12 types (with examples) and uncover its pros and cons. Plus, we’ll compare jargon with its trendy cousin, slang.

It’s 10:45 AM, 15 minutes before your company’s weekly meeting. You’re new to the team. Twenty minutes in, you hear unfamiliar terms but nod along in agreement. You look around the room and wonder if everyone else is speaking a different language.

Welcome to the world of jargon! It’s a specialized language used by a particular profession or group. They use jargon to communicate with precision and efficiency. While it can make you sound like an insider, it makes others feel excluded.

Get ready to explore 12 types of jargon (with examples), uncover the advantages and disadvantages, how it compares to slang, and what it means for your brand’s verbal identity.

Did You Know There Were 12 Types of Jargon?

1. Medical Jargon

Description: Healthcare professionals use it to discuss specific medical conditions, procedures, and treatments. It fosters precise communication about patient care and medical procedures.

Example: Hypertension – A medical term for high blood pressure.

2. Technical Jargon

Description: Tech professionals use it to describe technical processes, tools, and systems. It helps IT pros discuss and troubleshoot complex systems with ease.

Example: Bandwidth – The capacity of a network to send data.

3. Financial Jargon

Description: It is common in finance to discuss investments, markets, and economic principles. Financial jargon helps professionals grasp market conditions and make informed decisions.

Example: Bear Market – A market characterized by declining prices.

4. Legal Jargon

Description: Lawyers and judges use it to discuss laws, regulations, and legal proceedings. Legal jargon ensures clarity and precision in legal documents and courtrooms.

Example: Subpoena – A legal order to attend court.

5. Business Jargon

Description: It’s found in corporate environments to discuss strategies, processes, and performance. Business jargon helps streamline communication about goals and performance metrics.

Example: ROI (Return on Investment) – A measure of profitability.

6. Academic Jargon

Description: Used by scholars to discuss theories, methodologies, and research. Academic jargon allows researchers to discuss complex ideas with precision and credibility.

Example: Peer-Reviewed – Evaluated by other experts before publication.

7. Military Jargon

Description: Employed by armed forces to discuss operations, equipment, and ranks. Military jargon ensures clear and concise communication in high-stakes situations.

Example: AWOL (Absent Without Leave) – When a service member is absent without permission.

8. Scientific Jargon

Description: Scientists use it to discuss research, experiments, and findings. Scientific jargon allows for precise communication of complex scientific processes.

Example: Photosynthesis – The process by which plants convert sunlight into energy.

9. Political Jargon

Description: It is common in politics to discuss policies, strategies, and ideologies. Political jargon helps professionals navigate the complexities of governance and policy-making.

Example: Filibuster – A prolonged speech that obstructs progress in a legislative assembly.

10. Cyber/Internet Jargon

Description: Used in the digital world to discuss online security, technology, and culture. Cyber jargon helps professionals address and mitigate online threats.

Example: Phishing – Fraudulent attempts to get sensitive information by mimicking a trustworthy entity.

11. Sports Jargon

Description: It’s a favorite of athletes, coaches, and commentators to discuss plays, techniques, and strategies. Sports jargon helps communicate game strategies and plays clearly and fast.

Example: Hail Mary – A long pass in football made in desperation.

12. Entertainment Jargon

Description: Found in the film, television, and music industries to discuss production, performance, and distribution. Entertainment jargon allows industry professionals to discuss projects and creative processes with ease.

Example: Pilot – The first episode of a TV show, used to sell the series to a network.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Jargon


  1. Precision: Jargon allows for exact communication within a specific field.
  2. Efficiency: It enables professionals to convey complex ideas quickly.
  3. Professionalism: Jargon can establish credibility and authority.
  4. Community Building: It creates a sense of belonging among professionals.
  5. Confidentiality: Limits understanding to insiders, protecting sensitive information.
  6. Focus: Keeps discussions on track without explaining basic concepts.
  7. Innovation: Facilitates the sharing of new ideas and advancements within a field.


  1. Exclusion: Can alienate those outside the field.
  2. Miscommunication: Misuse or misunderstanding of jargon can lead to errors.
  3. Complexity: Makes communication complicated for non-experts.
  4. Perception: Consumers may see it as pretentious or elitist.
  5. Learning Curve: Newcomers may need help understanding and using jargon properly.
  6. Overuse: Can obscure meaning and reduce clarity.
  7. Accessibility: Limits understanding to a specific audience, hindering broader communication.

Differences Between Jargon and Slang

Jargon is a specialized language used by a particular profession or group, and slang is an informal language used by specific social groups. Understanding this can help you make informed decisions about your brand’s communication style.

Formality: Jargon is formal; slang is informal.

Audience: Jargon is for professionals; slang is for social groups.

Purpose: Jargon clarifies; slang simplifies or adds flair.

Complexity: Jargon is complex; slang is straightforward.

Stability: Jargon is stable; slang is dynamic and ever-changing.

Inclusivity: Jargon is exclusive; slang is inclusive within a group.

Usage: Jargon is used in professional settings; slang is used in casual conversations.

Perception: People may see jargon as pretentious; slang is often trendy.

Learning: Jargon requires specific knowledge; slang can be picked up socially.

Impact: Jargon can intimidate; slang can make language more relatable.

Jargon x Verbal Identity

Jargon plays a significant role in shaping and defining your verbal identity. It’s a powerful brand language tool that helps to establish expertise, connect with your target audience, differentiate from competitors, clarify complex concepts, and reinforce your brand’s identity. However, you must use it thoughtfully and appropriately to avoid alienating or confusing your audience. Balancing jargon with clear, inclusive language ensures that your brand’s communication remains effective and engaging.

In the End

Whether jargon fascinates or frustrates you, it’s vital to professional communication. It can enhance precision and efficiency but also create barriers and confusion. Understanding jargon and knowing when to use it is crucial for effective communication.

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