Common language is the name of the cultural language in which a language is based in a country. This common language is used by a profession, a community or a group, sometimes referred to as slang, sometimes jargon and sometimes as a special language. In terms of slang, jargon and special language, there is privacy and metaphorization. In this study, the slim line between these two terms will be determined after providing the definitions and explanations made by the researchers of slang and jargon which are the products of verbal culture. In determining this fine line, the language of Kayseri's merchants will be used. The materials in the Kayseri merchant language have been compiled from existing studies in the literature and verbal culture products. The words were tried to be presented together with the examples. The main purpose of this study is to determine the conditions under which slang and jargon can be slang and under which conditions. For this reason, the words examined were compared with both Hulki Aktunç's Great Slang Dictionary and Compilation Dictionary. While making use of the compilation dictionary, the words that have the same meanings both in the Anatolian dialects and in the language of Kayseri merchants, the words in the language of Kayseri merchants but not in the Anatolian dialects, the words in the Anatolian dialects but in the language of Kayseri merchants were compared in terms of meaning and in some places. As a result of this comparison, the words discussed were evaluated in terms of slang and jargon. At the same time Hulki Aktunç’s Great Slang Dictionary was compared with the examined words. The words proliferating around the terms slang and jargon that come to life in written or verbal culture make serious contributions to both language and literature. As some of the words discussed at the end of this study are not included in the dictionaries, these words should be included in the slang or jargon dictionaries. With this study, it is aimed to contribute to both verbal culture and interpretation of slang and jargon terms in terms of Kayseri merchant language.
Slang, Jargon, Kayseri, Merchant, Language