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Topic: LINGUISTICS


slang

noun
     
slang [uncountable]
very informal, sometimes offensive, language that is used especially by people who belong to a particular group, such as young people or criminals:
schoolboy slang
slangy adjective
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dialect the form of a language that is spoken in a particular area
slang
informal words used by people who belong to a particular group, for example young people, criminals etc
jargon
words used by people who do a particular job or are interested in a particular subject, which ordinary people cannot easily understand
terminology
words used in a particular subject such as science or medicine
journalese
language often used in newspapers
legalese
disapproving language used by lawyers or in legal documents, which is difficult for ordinary people to understand


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