American journalist and writer
WORDS ABOUT WORDS
Jargon and slang speak volumes about the people who use them. Like a form of data compression, they can pack a tremendous amount of information -- the values, ideas, anxieties, and humor of a subculture -- into a single word or phrase. We can learn a lot about a subculture by decompressing its language.
Gareth Branwyn, American journalist and writer, Jargon Watch, 1997
Posted on February 12, 2004 at 1:17 PM