I'm listening to a podcast about American truckers' life. The first episode introduces the names that truckers use to call the different trucks. For example:
- "reefer trucks": refrigerator freight trucks
- "skateboards": big flat trailers with loads of lumber and steel
- "parking lots": car haulers
- "tanker yanker": a tanker truck
One trucker in the episode said "I mean, there's all kinds of terminology for'em" so I know I can use the word "terminology" to describe these names that probably only truckers use.
But I'm wondering if the word "vernacular" or "jargon" can be used, too. If they can, what's the difference between them?
I see "vernacular" is defined as follows:
the form of a language that a particular group of speakers use naturally, especially in informal situations
This explanation (along with the other explanations on the same page) doesn't say that "vernacular" is restricted to the people from the same region. It can refer to the language spoken by the people from a particular region, but the dictionary also says it can refer to the language by a particular group. In my case, that is the group of the truckers.
I see "jargon" is defined as follows:
special words and phrases that are used by particular groups of people, especially in their work.
It looks like "jargon" is a better fit because it seems to be specifically about "particular groups of people" "in their work". All the names I mentioned above are used by truckers when they talk about their work.
In sum, my questions are:
- In addition to "terminology", can I use "vernacular" or "jargon" to describe the names of the trucks that truckers call them?
- What's the difference between "vernacular" and "jargon"? It seems "vernacular" has a larger scope than "jargon" because "vernacular" can be the language of people from either a region or a group, while "jargon" is more associated with people's profession.
I also looked at these questions:
However, they all mention "vernacular" and "jargon" but none of them seem to compare these two words specifically.