Sociolets vs Jargons [Sociolect / Sociolects]

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Hi everybody,

I can't understand the difference between sociolets and jargons.

I looked up their meanings and they seem the same.

I have to answer to the question " Varieties typical for social groups are called: 1) Jargons ; 2) Dialects ; 3) Sociolets".

I would go with "Sociolets", but I am not sure.

Could you explain me the difference, please?

Thank you in advance.
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  • london calling

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    UK English
    Sociolet (Wikipedia):

    In sociolinguistics, a sociolect or social dialect is a variety of language (a register) used by a socioeconomic class, a profession, an age group or other social group.

    Dialect (Cambridge):
    a form of a language that people speak in a particular part of a country, containing some different words and grammar, etc.:

    a regional dialect

    Jargon (Cambridge):

    special words and phrases that are used by particular groups of people, especially in their work:

    military/legal/computer jargon

    They don't look the same to me.

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