A collection of words and phrases used to exclude outsiders from a particular group and to disguise the group's activities.
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"Mobspeak is a language that grows out of secrecy, and who can be more secret than the Mafia? The anti-social nature of the Mob is the perfect breeding ground for an 'Antilanguage'."
— Bryan McLucas, "Mobspeak: The Language of the Mafia"
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  • Greenspeak — n. The coded and careful language employed by U.S. Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan. Example Citation: Harking back to his infamous irrational exuberance speech, Greenspan again said stock prices may be excessive. But he added the… …   New words

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  • Menglish — n. Language used of, by, to, and about men. Example Citations: Maybe I m getting wiser in my old age, or maybe I m just around men more often than I realize, but after recognizing the aforementioned language problem plaguing the genders, I ve… …   New words

  • Spinnish — n. The language used by spin doctors and other political operatives. Example Citation: Spinnish could be a spinoff of spin doctor, since it is described as ostensibly neutral language used to manipulate, slant or otherwise alter the public s… …   New words

  • camouflanguage — n. Language that uses jargon, euphemisms, and other devices to hide the true meaning of what is being said. Example Citation: The fine art of camouflanguage is alive and well in the business world, as evidenced by these excerpts from the… …   New words

  • cryptolect — n. A secret language. Example Citation: Unlike modern slang the ancient cant approaches the notion of a... cryptolect, as described by Ian Hancock. Altered by time, it retains a degree of currency in the British Isles and North America among… …   New words

  • manual babbling — n. Infant gesturing and movement. Researchers now believe that the seemingly random gestures performed by babies are actually purposeful, and represesent the child s first attempts at communication. Related Words: antilanguage cryptolect ebonics… …   New words

  • pubilect — n. A dialect unique to teenagers (puberty + dialect). Example Citation: Marcel Danesi, a professor of linguistics and semiotics at the University of Toronto who has studied the language of youth and who coined the term pubilect to describe the… …   New words

  • stego — v. To hide secret information electronically by embedding it inside an ordinary file such as an image or sound clip. Example Citation: Something is stegoed in the wired world when encrypted words, diagrams, maps or images are embedded into an… …   New words

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