You’re a writer. Don’t be a jargon-peddling, slang-spewing, colloquialism-bantering quibbler….because your readers just might give up on you. How do you avoid those things? Start by figuring out what they are…
Jargon (type of shorthand between a closed group): See examples.
- Code Eight – Term that means officer needs help immediately
- SCOTUS – Supreme Court of the United States
- LOL – Laugh out loud
- NPO – A patient should not take anything by mouth
Slang (casual language; playful and trendy): See an article on the why-nots.
- My bad
Colloquialism (words that are region-specific): See the definition.
With these now safely under your belt of understanding, your readers will thank you. Go forth, dear writer!