Occupational Slang

Occupational Slang

 

words characteristic of a particular occupation and often retaining the dialect features of the region in which they are used. Many such words are incomprehensible to people of other occupations. In the occupational slang of logrollers, for example, koshma (”a large piece of felt”) means a raft of timbers and koshel’ (obsolete for “purse” and dialectal for “bag”) denotes up to 5,000 logs. Horse breeders distinguish many kinds of horse gaits by name, such as the sitting trot and the rack.

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