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The Argotist Online (established in 2005) is the successor to The Argotist magazine. Neither it or the magazine has any relationship to an anonymously managed WordPress site called 'The Argotist: A Lexicon of Political Jargon', which first appeared on the internet around 2012 and can be found here.

The Argotist magazine came into being in 1996 and ran for four years. Nick Watson devised and edited the magazine, and Jeffrey Side was its deputy editor. It was funded by Liverpool University and Arts Council England, and had national distribution through Blackwell's bookshops.

The magazine consisted of interviews and articles about the arts, media and culture, and had a poetry section. Its interviewees and contributors included: Joseph Brodsky, Labi Siffre, Adrian Henri, John Cooper Clarke, Benjamin Zephaniah, Adrian Mitchell, Antony Gormley, David Gedge, Jasper Conran and Sophie Hannah. You can read Nick Watson's 1996 editorial for the first issue of the magazine here.

The word "argotist" is a portmanteau word, created by Nick Watson in 1996. He said he had combined the word "argot" with the "ist" from the title of the 1914-1919 literary magazine The Egoist, which Ezra Pound was involved with. I don't recall it as a word existing before then. The word has now has become part of the lexicon. See Definition of the word Argotist

The Argotist Online (edited by Jeffrey Side) differs from The Argotist magazine in that it is devoted entirely to poetry, and has features, articles and interviews related to it. It also has an ebook publishing arm (Argotist Ebooks) that publishes poetry, fiction and literary criticism.

Argotist Ebooks publishes all kinds of poetry but is especially interested in poetry that is aware of the plasticity of language, and which places connotation and ambiguity over denotation and precision of meaning. This sort of poetry invites interpretation and, consequently, results in a plurality of meaning. For further information on this sort of poetry, see the article 'Empirical and Non-Empirical Identifiers'.