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The expressions or slang of a particular group

Common clues: Shoptalk; Jargon; Slang; Patois; Idiom; Insider's vocabulary; Lingo; Groupspeak, e.g

Crossword puzzle frequency: 2 times a year

Frequency in English language: 64213 / 86800

Video: The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English

Argot (French for "slang") is primarily slang used by various groups, including but not limited to thieves and other criminals, to prevent outsiders from understanding their conversations. For example: "He philosophized and recited baseball statistics in a Brooklyn argot that was fast-fading." Bruce Sterling defines argot as "the deliberately hermetic language of a small knowledge clique.... a super-specialized geek cult language that has no traction in the real world."

The vocabulary of baseball, probably more than that of any other sport, is as popular in figurative use throughout the society as is the argot of the theater and other entertainments or the cant of the underworld. To strike out, to be a bush leaguer [or just to be bush], to balk, to bat three hundred [or, hyperbolically, a thousand], to give [or] get an assist, to pinch hit, to score, to shut out, to begin a whole new ball game, or to be off base, to be in left field, or to be a screwball, to have somebody throw you a curve, and many, many more words and phrases have come into the general vocabulary from baseball’s slang and argot. – Kenneth Wilson, The Columbia Guide to Standard American English.

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