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JA’RGON. n.s.

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JA’RGON. n.s. [jargon, French; gerigonça, Spanish.] Unin-
telligible talk; gabble; gibberish.
Nothing is clearer than mathematical demonstration, yet
let one, who is altogether ignorant in mathematicks, hear it,
and he will hold it to be plain fustian or jargon. Bramhall.
From this last toil again what knowledge flows?
Just as much, perhaps, as shows
That all his predecessor’s rules
Were empty cant, all jargon of the schools. Prior.
During the usurpation an infusion of enthusiastick jargon
prevailed in every writing. Swift.