Jargon: Its Uses and Abuses

Jargon: Its Uses and Abuses

by Walter Nash


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Jargon: Its Uses and Abuses by Walter Nash

Part essay, part discursive dictionary, this is an account and critique of the presence of jargon in our culture, speech and literature. It explores the varieties of language coloured by shop-talk, vogue words, 'buzz words', slang, hackneyed phraseology and hard pressed metaphors; the origins of jargon in literary, journalisitc, commercial and technical settings; and changes in useage and attitudes to useage over time. It incorporates a selective and sometimes satirical 'devil's dictionary' of jargon today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780631180630
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/15/1993
Series: Language Library Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Walter Nash has taught English and Linguistics at a number of universities and colleges in Great Britain and Europe, and has particular interests in composition, usage, sylistics, and the nature of literary language.

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