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February 16, 2012 10:20 PM Subscribe
What is some bizarre and amusing industry-specific jargon?
posted by holterbarbour to writing & language (53 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
In the course of working with a shipbuilder on something, I've come across some absolutely terrific specialized vocabulary such as "toilet mushroom", "monkey bridge", "scupper plug", "buster pump", and "butterfly nuts". One of my other favorite pieces of specialized vocabulary is from the steel industry: "pickle liquor".
There must be MANY more terms like these in various industries that would have an outsider scratching his/her head. I would love to know what amusing terms everyone has heard (along with a quick definition in layman's terms).