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    Cool Jargon vs register

    Concerning 'jargon' and 'register' Can it be identifiable between the same to people during the same conversation?
    Ex... Two doctors talk technically (jargon) but at the same time informally (register???)

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    Re: Jargon vs register

    I know for a fact that two engineers can discuss technical matters informally.

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    Re: Jargon vs register

    But I think the OP is right there is an inherent contradiction there; using technical terms is generally a method of being not only precise but as objective as possible, particularly where colloquial terms are charged with culturally determined values (imagine two gynecologists talking about patients' anatomy using non-technical terms).

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    Re: Jargon vs register

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    But I think the OP is right there is an inherent contradiction there; using technical terms is generally a method of being not only precise but as objective as possible, particularly where colloquial terms are charged with culturally determined values (imagine two gynecologists talking about patients' anatomy using non-technical terms).
    Even so, I have to agree with Dave.

    Here are two versions of the same information. One is formal and one is informal.
    Medical student explaining to Obstetrician: "Dr. Smith, we have a case of a primiparous woman in obstructed labour with failure to progress at 6cm dilation. She may need a Caesarian Section."
    Obstetrician explaining to Anaesthetist: "George, I've got a primip. stuck at 6cm; having a hard time of it. She's going to need a C-Section."

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    Re: Jargon vs register

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I know for a fact that two engineers can discuss technical matters informally.
    Clear me if I am wrong. You mean that talking in register is informal talking?

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    Re: Jargon vs register

    Quote Originally Posted by serr300404 View Post
    Clear me if I am wrong. You mean that talking in register is informal talking?
    You can speak in a formal register (level) or an informal register (level) or any register in between. In linguistics, register refers to what we would colloquially call a level of language. I agree with Dave and Raymott as well, but intended to validate the OP's question as a good one.

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    Re: Jargon vs register

    Quote Originally Posted by serr300404 View Post
    Clear me if I am wrong. You mean that talking in register is informal talking?
    You don't 'talk in register' as such. The register is, loosely speaking, the style - for example, formal, informal, academic, etc.

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    Re: Jargon vs register

    Thanks to you all. I have a better idea now.

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