Many words in the English language are a part of common, everyday speech. On the other hand, jargon is like a type of shorthand between members of a particular group of people, often words that are meaningless outside of a certain context. Another term that is sometimes used interchangeably with jargon is "lingo," which isn't exactly the same as slang words. Following are some examples of jargon that will help illustrate the concept.
Examples of Medical Jargon
The medical field is filled with cryptic jargon, including innumerable scientific terms and medical abbreviations.
- Agonal - Term to signify a major, negative change in a patient's condition
- BP - Medical shorthand for blood pressure
- FX - Medical jargon meaning bone fracture
- JT - A joint
- NPO - A patient should not take anything by mouth, from the Latin phrase nil per os (nothing by mouth)
- IM - Intramuscular
- K - The elemental symbol for potassium
Examples of Business Jargon
The business world is no stranger to lingo, including a range of industry-specific jargon. It won't take more than a few minutes on Wall Street before you hear at least one of these terms being thrown around.
- Bang for the buck - A term that means to get the most for your money
- Due diligence - Putting effort into research before making a business decision
- Sweat equity - Getting a stake in the business instead of pay
- The 9-to-5 - Business jargon meaning a standard work day
- Chief cook and bottle-washer - A person who holds many responsibilities
Examples of Police Jargon
Law enforcement officers and professionals have their own set of police jargon as well.
- Suspect - A person whom the police think may have committed a crime
- 10-4 - Radio jargon meaning Okay or I understand
- Code Eight - Term that means officer needs help immediately
- Code Eleven - A code that means the individual is at the scene of the crime
- FTP - The failure of an individual to pay a fine
- Assumed room temperature - An individual has died
Examples of Military Jargon
Among much of the common vocabulary in the military, there is certainly no shortage of shorthand and military acronyms too. Be all that you can be with this jargon.
- TD - Temporary duty
- AWOL - Absent without leave
- SQDN - A squadron
- SAM - Surface-to-Air missile
- PCS - A permanent change of station
- LES - Leave and earning statement
Examples of Political Jargon
There are lots of examples of political jargon being used by 24-hour news outlets, including terms like deep state and bipartisan.
- Left wing - Political jargon for liberal, progressive viewpoint
- Right wing - Jargon meaning a conservative viewpoint
- Getting on a soapbox - Making a speech in public
- POTUS - President of the United States
- SCOTUS - Supreme Court of the United States
Examples of Internet Jargon
You'll find that a lot of the most common shorthand used on the Internet is also very common in casual text messages.
- BTW - By the way
- CYA - See you around
- FAQ - Frequently asked questions
- HTH - Hope this helps
- MOTD - Message of the day
- YMMV - Your mileage may vary
- IIRC - If I remember correctly
- IANAL - I am not a lawyer
- LOL - Laugh out loud
- BFF - Best friends forever
- TTYL - Talk to you later
Be in the Know
Each of these different types of jargon is used as a shorthand by people in-the-know to make communicating easier. By learning the jargon for a particular industry, you can develop a deeper understanding of its culture and commonly-used phrases.