This Ken's 10 is all about the special language spoken by bass anglers. Full of jargon, slang and terms of art, it has its own eloquence and style once you learn it. The language of bass fishing not only facilitates our communication, it also acts as a litmus test when sizing up others who claim to be a part of the sport. If someone can't talk the talk, they probably can't walk the walk, either. Bass words are important. They define us almost as critically as we define them. Before this degenerates into an edition of "cranky bass writer," here are 10 bass words that are critical to any angler's vocabulary — listed alphabetically.