Jargon

Technical terms and expressions used in certain industries, especially the journalism trade, are considered jargon. Every specialized line of business has their own jargon mixed in with the skill sets, with journalism having quite an extensive list of vocabulary and terminology that all journalists need to become familiar with before setting forth in the industry. The best way to become familiar with professional jargon is to immerse in the business itself, talking to both peers and higher-ups.

Today, jargon is becoming a normal part of standardized languages. Jargon is very similar to slang and with frequent usage, it begins to be adopted into official vocabulary. As this evolves, new jargon actually is developed for the ease of journalists.

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