When I was a kid there were two sections I read as soon as I got a newspaper in my hands: the comics and the Bridge recaps.
I have never played Bridge. I don’t know the rules to Bridge. Heck, if I saw a bunch of people playing Bridge, I don’t even think I would know what they were playing! But the play-by-play summaries of those games are stuffed with jargon, overflowing with a bounty of obscure terminologies and verbage.
My modern-day equivalent of this (I just tried to find Bridge summaries a second ago, but I couldn’t) is to dip into a game-specific subreddit and sort by “controversial.”
I know fuck-all about Hearthstone but I love reading detailed threads about why Priests are OP and obscure game rules are open to exploit. I could spend hours digging through threads about M:tG, which I have also neer played and don’t know the rules for, learning about the intricacies of a perfectly balanced deck. I haven’t played WoW since 2006 but I love learning why specific armor sets were garbage, why they were great again, and why they suck more than ever even though I don’t know what 90% of the character classes are referencing or what that particular armor might actually protect.
Some of these threads are nearly indecipherable with their frequent use of highly-specific jargon but I don’t care - in some ways, that makes it even better.
Are there communities whose jargon (game-related or otherwise) you love? Ones you know fluently or ones that mystify you?
Please share so I can read them with confusion and delight.