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I've just come across jegged, meaning "dressed in " :/

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Well, "Shell" is jargon for a unix-command line. There's also "Root", which can mean a linux system administrator, or the start of the Linux filesystem.

Also, I don't know how widespread this is, but I often use "Hash" when referring to a "#!", which is a special number used in initiating shell scripts.

Hmm... you know, there's actually of lot of this kind of jargon in computer science circles. Ah foo.


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What the fuck? Nobody in this thread mentioned quark??

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 5:16 am 
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How about "truss" as a noun? The verb is fairly general, but the noun is far more specific.


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Personally, I don't tend to use the word truss much. And the verb truss, while rare, has a pretty generalized meaning "tie up"


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How about a bur? That's pretty specific.

If we can do French then I'm adding If which means a yew tree.

Also that's another good one, yew.

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How is yew a rare or technical word? Has this degenerated into a random list of monosyllabic words?

(In which case, note that many common trees glory in monosyllabic names: ash, elm, oak, beech, birch, pine, plane, lime, fir, spruce et caetera ad nauseam)


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If we had not quit nature entirely this would still make sense.


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Reading a description of Sassanid architecture yesterday I came across squinch.


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Plinth is very common, in my experience. For instance, when there's discussion about what's going to be put on the fourth plinth in trafalgar square this time, newsreaders happily call it a plinth and expect everyone to be happy with this. Whereas they wouldn't use words like 'squinch' or 'quoin'. Or 'jamb', or 'lath', and probably not 'sconce' for that matter. 'Grout', 'sash' and 'joist' are common.

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What about common among people who are never anywhere near Trafalgar Square, London?

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