What is Jargon?

This page was first published on the 25th of March, 2017 and last updated on the 25th of March, 2017 by Patrick Carpen.

Has someone ever put you off with a “bunch of technical jargon?” Or have you ever wondered what the word “jargon” means? “Jargon” may also be called “technical jargon”, because it refers to technical words and expressions which people of a particular trade or profession will understand, but others won’t.

The use of jargon often causes people to react “break it down please” or “put it in layman’s term please”.

Not everyone who speaks jargon understands everyone else’s jargon. A lawyer has his own jargon and so does a doctor. IT professionals of varying fields also have varying jargon; and each jargon may sound gibberish to the other.

The following email which I sent to the technical support of my web host is full of jargon. If you’re in the field of web design or development, you may understand much of the expressions inside. However, if you’re not, most of it may sound like jargon or technical jargon.

Dear Sir/Madam:

I did a reupload of my files recently, for 
www.platinumrecipescollection.com, and found 
that the website is no longer reading the .inc files. 
The .inc files, containted in the .inc folders, 
contain google adsense codes and other menu 
items that all of the site's 100,000 + pages 

Since my website was built in .html, 
I was advised to add a line of 
code to the .htaccess file to make it read as 
though it is .php. The line of code is:

AddType application/x-httpd-php .html

However, I was forced to remove this code 
because I noticed that it 
was causing my webpage to download 
instead of load on the browser.

Also, I remember being told that I do not 
need to add that code 
anymore because you tweak 
something on your backend to make my 
pages read like .php 
without me having to add any code to 
the .htaccess.

Please work on this as soon as 
possible as the .inc files, 
contained in the .inc folders, 
contain many crucial 
codes that need to 
run across all pages.

Thanking you in advance for a timely 
and favorable response.

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