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The secret “anti-languages” you’re not supposed to know

From London to Timbuktu, there is a teeming underworld of rebellious “anti-societies” who speak a mercurial code. David Robson reports

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This is another interesting look at how languages evolve, sometimes by unconventional means! It’s sad, if you think about it, that secret languages among many groups had to evolve at all, but this article explains how some of these anti-languages came into being.  

Language and linguistics is interesting! And even if anti-languages aren’t used in everyday language, at least in the business world, then it’s good to know about its existence to have a good understanding of where language has been, and how it’s evolving outside of the "normal" realms. 


And yes, "gobbledygook" is a word I happen to use often. 😉 



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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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