28th February 2018

Technical jargon: Non-fiction

The technical jargon in this text would not be explained because the meaning of it is already clear. In every topic of text there’s jargon that only apply’s to itself. In Touching the void, it’s about mountaineering. Which means there will be jargon to do with mountaineering throughout the book. The jargon doesn’t need to be explained because it’s written from a perspective of a climber. Without the jargon they use it wouldn’t be accurate. Understanding whats happening in the book can also state what the jargon means behind the lines.

1.Gully. A gully is a deep narrow valley formed by the action of water. It is important in this section of text because it’s an accurate description of what Simon and Joe were looking at above them.

  1. Anchor.  An anchor is a person or thing which provides stability or confidence in an otherwise uncertain situation. This is important in the section of text because describes that Simon  safety net is his axes buried in the snow, which means that if Joe made a mistake and fell, their anchor wouldn’t be able to hold them

  2. Bivouacked. To have bivouacked means to have stayed in a bivouac which is a temporary camp without tents or cover, used especially by soldiers and mountaineers. This is an important jargon word in this section because they are sleeping under cover of rocks on the mountain. It is a typically common jargon word for Joe and Simon because they are mountaineers who bivouac to sleep at night while on journey.

  3. Belayed. Fix (a running rope)  round a cleat, rock, pin or other object, to secure it. This is important in the text because they belay each other or use objects to get higher up in mountain and using it as a safety net because it will stop them from falling far.

  4. Summit. A summit is the highest point on a hill or mountain. This is important in the text because it’s the goal for Simon and Joe. They are climbing to get to the summit, which is stated as the top of the mountain so it can be picked up on as it gets used more frequently.


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