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Reading Terminology and Jargon Study Guide

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Updated on Sep 28, 2011

Reading Terminology and Jargon

In this lesson, you'll discover that the words you use may differ, depending on who you're talking to.

PEOPLE WHO WORK together or do things as a group may have their own language of special terms, or jargon, that makes it easy for them to communicate with one another. For example, if you use the Internet, you know what IM (instant message), website, and sayings like LOL (laugh out loud) mean. But someone who's never used a computer might be very confused! There are special terms and jargon that relate to science, art, music, cooking, politics, and just about any topic. On the following page are some examples.

Read this sample of jargon and see if you can guess what group of people might use the language.

Squeeze one, two chicks on a raft—wreck 'em, shingle with a shimmy and a shake, and city juice—86 the hail.

If you guessed people who work in a restaurant, especially a diner, you're right. It's how some waiters give an order for one orange juice, two eggs on toast—scrambled, buttered toast with jam, and water—hold the ice! Now that's really a special vocabulary.

Practice exercises for this study guide can be found at:

Reading Terminology and Jargon Practice Exercises

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