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What is slang? "Slang occurs chiefly in a casual and playful speech, made up typically of short-lived coinages and figures of speech that are deliberately used in place of standard terms for added raciness, humor, irreverence, or other effect (Dictionary.Com)." I define slang as a living language that evolves with time. Although it can be very useful among peers and those from the same culture, in more formal settings it can cause confusion during communication and create problems. Among peers, they tend to speak slang more often then others. Its understood primarily within that group. For the most part, they grew up in the similar neighborhoods, around the similar people, dealing with similar issues. They also share a commonality within taste of music, fashion, and other forms of entertainment. Many of celebrities don't make it easy for the youth to stop the usage of slang, mainly because they use it in their lyrics in which the youth emulate. In this way, slang has enabled them to communicate thoroughly with one another. Culture plays a role in the confusion of slang. Words have contrasting interpretations depending on the cultural background. Such as, in America, the word yo is used as a greeting. If said in a Spanish-speaking country it would take on the meaning of I. Two decades ago, the word chips referred to money in American slang. In England however, chips refers to what we call "French fries". In this way slang can be very confusing because the proper meaning may not be conveyed. Also, it makes it more difficult for other cultures to mix with American culture, and vice versa. Slang can be a barrier to communication. The confusion lies in the translation of the word being used. A slang term used today may have a different meaning than the one used several years ago. For example, the word down has two different meanings. When used in the context of are you down, it can tran ...
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The use of the slang in america.
What does slang mean? If you look in a dictionary you will find the meaning of "Slang" which is " very informal in vocabulary and idiom that is characteristically more metaphorical, playfull, elliptical, vivid, and ephemeral than ordinary language." Slang can be found in everywhere around the world because it is part of the colloquial language that people use everyday, the expressions that you use to communicate with others. Have you ever asked to your self if foreign people understand what you
Evolution Of Slang In The 1930's
show that about 64% of kids and teens have been using slang terms in their school work. It is amazing what some of them are. Slang is used all of the time by almost all people and has changed a lot over the past decades. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses a child’s perspective to show how slang has changed from the 1930’s until today. Slang within the 1930’s was very prevalent and unique. During the 1930’s there were many different slang words used by children that are no longer used today
African American Slang
African American Slang African American Slang has had many other names: Ebonics, Jive, Black English, and more. The Oxford English Dictionary defines slang (in reference to language) in three different ways: 1) the special vocabulary used by any set of persons of a low or disreputable character; language of a low and vulgar type 2) the special vocabulary or phraseology of a particular calling or profession; the cant or jargon of a certain class or period 3) language of a highly colloquial type
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The "Roaring Twenties" were a turbulent time in American history. The United States had just returned from the carnage of World War I and was ready to revolutionize their ideas, morals, and most importantly, their presidents. The presidential election of 1920 was a particularly integral election due to the introduction of the right of women to vote and America's social & political unrest. Warren G. Harding, a Republican, defeated Democrat James M. Cox, on a platform that urged Americans to "return
Slang: My Social Dialect
Slang: My Social Dialect From the student: In Writing Studio 205, we focused on the rhetoric of discourse communities. For this particular assignment, we were asked to discuss a discourse community that we are a part of, and its effect on people outside of that community. I decided to use my experiences growing up in New York City as my focal point. In all my writings, I tend to reflect on my experiences to enrich and personalize texts. From the teacher: In her essay, Kimberlea begins by analyzing
The Evolution of American Slang Over the Last Century
Slang is one of the most interesting parts of any language. In America, every generation has its own slang. Merrium-Webster defines slang as words that are not considered part of the standard vocabulary of a language and that are used very informally in speech especially by a particular group of people (Merrium-Webster). American Standard English has many slang words and phrases that have developed over the last century. Where does slang come from? Slang tends to originate in the subcultures of
The True Meaning of the American Slang Word Ratchets
The word Ratchet has become an American slang word that has the younger generations incorporating the word into their daily vocabulary. The word has been heard in songs used mainly in rap. Ratchet is often referred to as women acting ghetto, or sloppy; however, there is no correct term for the word. When doing a search for the word, many definitions appear, most having the similar meaning. According to Webster’s dictionary, the official definition a device made up of a wheel or bar with many teeth
Slang is the everyday common language, generally used by young adults and children, although it is not exclusive. Slang is known to be very informal and usually inappropriate. Today adolescents know more slang words than they do SAT words. According to Valerie Strauss, author of "More and More, Kids Say the Foulest Things," teachers have noticed the rise of this common language in hallways, classrooms, and playgrounds. They believe this is causing the decline of youth's English language skills and
Slang In Communication
It is normally used in an informal manner probably among friends .If slang is used in the business community where other colleagues are not familiar with it can be can be offensive to them .The business community needs clarity and the use of slang in the business can lead to misinterpretation of the important aspects .Other scholars have also argued that slang can be used in the business world for marketing purposes in trying to reach out to a specific clientele
Slang In Tombstone
Everything from wardrobe, slang, props, and much more that was displayed in this outstanding movie couldn’t have hit the nail on the head any better. Just in case you may not have seen Tombstone, I believe it’s beneficial to know the plot, important details, history and information about
Hellrazor, By Tupac Shakur
being black”. This simile works very well because it uses some really strong emotions and the theme of racism to get the message through. Also the use of very strong language leaves a lasting image on the listener. The song uses plenty of Gangsta slang. Some examples include: - Gat, Loc, 5-0. This is a very memorable song because it is so emotional and tragic. The most vivid lines come when he raps about how a little girl who was killed by a gun. Lines such as: “Dear
Examples Of Communication: The First Barriers To Effective Communication
Slang is uncommon buzzwords that have a meaning only to those that are in-the-know. For instance, the sentence, "That mooley was so slay, he had every ROTFL" would be translated, "That standup comedian was so funny, he had everyone rolling on the floor laughing." While chatting once online, I came across a guy from the same neighborhood as my wife. To prove it, he wanted us to talk in that neighborhood 's slang. A neighbor used to say, "nuke it from orbit"
Personal Choices In Educating Rita
Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make, both consciously and unconsciously. Choices made, whether good or bad, follow you forever and affect everyone in their path one way or another. As you venture into new phases of life or worlds or ‘grow up’, you are commonly faced with having to make difficult choices and decisions, which may change your life forever. Each choice throughout this transition can be either rewarding or challenging, depending on the individual and the obstacles
To Kill A Mockingbird Childhood Quotes Analysis
trying to present childhood. Whereas when there is a conversation, which involves a child, the language she would use is informal, slang and using words that sound as it spelt. "You gonna give me a chance to tell you? I don't mean to sass you, I'm just tryin' to tell you." This portrays Scout is being told off by Uncle Jack. Harper Lee is trying to use informal and slang language to
The used of slang word have become more common thing in our daily life. Many people such as children, teenager, and adult have their own slang. The used of slang become popular because of the slang word is easy to understand and it can give a deep impression to the listeners. Not only in daily conversation, the used of slang also can be found in a movie. The used of slang word in movie industry have become more popular. It is because slang word can express the strong emotion of the characters and
Hacking: "Slang word for a computer enthusiast. One who breaks into the computer system of a company or government." 1 Most hackers break into computers not to wreak havoc, but simply to explore and share information with one another. A small minority, however, do wish to create mischief. These individuals are the ones who have the public fearing hackers. They are genuinely responsible for the Media calling hackers criminals. These individuals and gangs purposely break into computers for personal
can and should serve to ease the teaching of Standard English. Many people see Ebonics as "gutter language", and "slang", and are quite outspoken about it. These beliefs are deeply rooted in society. Resistance to the acknowledgment that Blacks who use Ebonics may be speaking a unique language is very strong, but I believe it is important to challenge the belief that Ebonics is "slang". Some people have stated that the movement to recognize Ebonics is Afro-Centrism at its worst. I would argue that
Essay on the Language of A Clockwork Orange
Clockwork Orange’s language is like throughout the progression of the novel and is partially the reason why it has developed such a cult following since its release in 1963. What Burgess has done is taken English as a base language, and through the use of slang from English, Russian, Arabic and Gypsy, formed a language all its own which actually manages to accurately depict both the mindset of Alex but also the brutality of the world in which he lives. Some of his wo... ... middle of paper ... ...restrictions
Definition Essay On Awesome
was originated it has had a double meaning of both negative and positive meanings. Years have gone by but the word has not really evolved with meaning. It has always been a descriptive word that describes something terrific. It will continue to be a slang word and be used by Americans for years forward. Not only by American’s but by other countries in their languages. The word awesome is just
Shakespere- Man Or Myth?
his own and I don’t think he ever existed. There are many facts that back up my opinion. One is where Mark Twain once said that only a riverboat captain can handle riverboat slang, and there were some things that you have to just experience. “Where would Shakespeare, have learned the lawyer slang, court slang, soldier slang, and all the terminology that fills the plays?”1 1Some other facts that make me believe that Shakespeare never wrote these plays is that no plays, no poems, and not a single letter
Slang Language and Its Characteristics Essay
Introduction, ebonics: an example of ‘bad grammar’ and slang, style and flexibility, the psychological aspect of ‘slang’, an alternate to boredom, characteristics of the slang users.
The word ‘slang’ throughout many decades has witnessed changes with respect to various styles, subdialects, and colloquialisms. The late 1700s was the period in which ‘slang’ meaning was developed in the nineteenth century among the Southwest Americans (Lighter, 1996). Changes – have shaped the slang language and have been influenced by individuals, relationships, and different contexts and scenarios like work, home, play, etc. Often dependant upon various moods, the groups that have been most influenced and through which the word ‘slang’ has been influenced are the teenagers and the working group.
If we analyze the usage of slang, we would find that being a ‘flexible’ language, the scope of slang is wide enough to be adjusted into various things. Its flexibility can be evaluated in various environments to which it is often changed when consumed.
For example, in a personal relationship like the one used in between husband and wife communication, the words ‘honey’, ‘sweetie’ or ‘sweetheart’ are used. At work more formal language is required; therefore among colleagues, a particular slang that is molded in a casual context is spoken. Phrases such as ‘pain’, ‘pain in the neck, and ‘bingo’ are commonly used by American teenagers and prove the notion what Ellis (1999) conforms that teenagers’ skill over a range of styles and slang jargons indicates the extent to which they are conscious in understanding and control of these things (Ellis, 1999, p. 15).
In a cultural context, an example of ‘official’ slang is the ‘Ebonics’. Ebonics grammar is the habitual use of the verb, as in ‘I will be going to church’, which means ‘I go habitually’. West African verbs have similar structures. A phonological example is a fact that consonants and consonant clusters are often not a part of the Ebonics syllable, for example, ‘I ‘on know’ for ‘I don’t know, or ‘aight’ for ‘all right’. Such rules include the avoidance of taboo words layovers from Southern apartheid such as ‘boy’, ‘you people’. Another such rule is the approval of using Ebonics in oral or casual situations but not in written or formal situations, such as in textbooks (Perry & Delpit, 1998, p. 72).
When used as a vocabulary, slang is utilized in many aspects of style which again is dependant upon users’ culture, subcultures, and environment. When used in cliques, slang tends to develop its own vocabulary. In Washington DC, Milner (2004) mentions that he can still remember the group of students who decided to create a word with no meaning and start using it to see the reaction of others, surprisingly only within a few weeks, the group noticed that people started to imitate them as they could hear people using this word, although they had no idea of what it meant or what context to use it in” (Milner, 2004, p. 49).
Slang words when used among teenage students possess certain characteristics in which the most common ones are 1) The slang they use is of high standards for the reason that higher status groups sometimes attempted to make copying more difficult. 2) The higher the standard would be the lesser would be the probability to learn or imitate slang words, which is a symbol of pride for teenagers. 3) It is easier for the teenagers to grasp and develop a full command over slang language therefore in this way they are capable of developing their own ‘style’ which paces them ‘unique’ among other fellows and friends. Probably this way they are able to build up their own image in front of the opposite gender.
Among teenagers, particularly teenager students, slang upholds a distinct psychological and psychosocial aspect. It would be better to say that the way slang has penetrated into teenagers’ lives captures more attention than what they learn at their homes and another social environment since childhood. Therefore in precise stylistic manner slang conforms to the variance from time to time and from subgroup to subgroup. By conformity, one might understand the commonalities that exist behind the ‘slang’, resistant to some set of norms that are seen as imposed usually by parents and schools.
The psychological impact of using and listening to slang words made us think in diverse directions. That means it has multiple effects on student’s communication modes and on building student’s personalities. Some students use slang in order to acquire attention while others use the term to describe resistance. Resistance could be from the school side or it could be from home. It could also be presenting or not some kind of adult authority, but to a great extent slang words usage indicates those who experience peer pressure or if not, they must be subjected to some kind of failure in school.
Many schools consider as ‘smart’ those bully teenagers who are overconfident and are considered ‘cool’ in slang terminology as long as one shows resistance to them in other ways. Such teenagers consider slang terminologies to be their best friends; this could also be seen in many movies and books. Even in real life such as wild teenagers, other parents do not like their children to be with. Such teenagers mostly belong to the minority groups in urban ghettos who often involve other substantial numbers of white teenagers in suburban areas.
For students who are somehow involved in the political counter norms, slang serves as an added advantage in reckoning them among those who express resistance to established authorities or conventional customs and involves the creation of a set of alternative or counter norms. Such individuals, through proper utilization of slang, are able to conceal their ‘capabilities’ in resistant subcultures-whether they are teenage cliques, Communist Party cells, or persecuted religious sects-high levels of conformity are demanded to the norms of the deviant group.
Slang is not only adopted as a weapon, on some political or status-seeking ground but it is also seen utilizing and benefiting those students who are committed to conventional notions of their career management or education like those who seek success in college education, or those who already possess some good name and in search of a good job wants to impress others, etc. Often students are heard saying that ‘slang’ words or a lifestyle deviant from slang are not worth living as it is the next best option not to getting bored after going out with friends.
It is the slang for the teenager students who believe that boredom can only be get rid of by associating it with behaviors that welcome slang thereby annoying to authorities-throwing food, jokes in class, a surly manner, and are not serious enough to bring significant retribution. What teenagers seek in slang words is the cultivation of an alternative lifestyle that advocates indifference to what is valued in the existing dominant culture. While teenagers often want to set themselves off from others, at other times and in other contexts they want to create connections and establish solidarity with those who are not members of their immediate status group.
Upon close observance, it was found out that the students who explicitly mentioned as hippies, skaters, and freaks come under the basic type of slang promoters. The second category was fulfilled by ‘whiz’ kids who have more ‘brains’ and are considered as ‘intellectuals’ in their schools or colleges. Many intellectuals like to be socialized, therefore they lunch together, but some participate in other lifestyle groups. The third slang users were those white students who though do not belong to the preps, the rednecks, or one of the alternative groups, but were ‘average’. The main thing is that every slang teenage user irrespective of age or peer group liked to associate himself or herself to his or her senior group.
Regarding slang usage when public school settings were enquired about the opportunities to speak with secondary school teachers and principals about the implications of jargon for the secondary school, it was revealed that many students only use abusive language or jargon for they do not have parents to talk to about sexual questions and issues turn to their teachers and other adults in the school as their confidants (Carroll, 1999, p. 99).
For example, one middle school peer counseling coordinator when discussed how her students regularly ask her questions about sexual jargon they hear from their peers replied that students tell her they would rather confide in her than their parents. So, there are numerous conditions under which slang language is spoken and understood, now being optimistic or pessimistic, depends upon the user how he uses it.
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5.8 Slang and Idioms
- Recognize slang and idioms.
- Learn to avoid using slang and idioms in formal writing.
Words are the basis of how a reader or listener judges you, the writer and speaker. When you write an academic paper or speak in a business interview, you want to be sure to choose your words carefully. In our casual, everyday talk, we often use a lot of “ums,” “likes,” “yeahs,” and so on. This everyday language is not appropriate for formal contexts, such as academic papers and business interviews. You should switch between different ways of speaking and writing depending on whether the context is formal or informal.
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What do you notice about the previous paragraph? You might notice that the language sounds informal, or casual, like someone might talk with a friend or family member. The paragraph also uses a lot of slang . Slang is a type of language that is informal and playful. It often changes over time. The slang of the past is different than the slang of today, but some slang has carried over into the present. Slang also varies by region and culture. The important thing to understand is that slang is casual talk, and you should avoid using it in formal contexts. There are literally thousands of slang words and expressions. Table 5.17 “Slang Expressions” explains just a few of the more common terms.
Table 5.17 Slang Expressions
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Idioms are expressions that have a meaning different from the dictionary definitions of the individual words in the expression. Because English contains many idioms, nonnative English speakers have difficulties making logical sense of idioms and idiomatic expressions. The more you are exposed to English, however, the more idioms you will come to understand. Until then, memorizing the more common idioms may be of some help.
Table 5.18 Idioms
What if you come across an idiom that you do not understand? There are clues that can help you. They are called context clues . Context clues are words or phrases around the unknown word or phrase that may help you decipher its meaning.
Definition or explanation clue. An idiom may be explained immediately after its use.
Sentence: I felt like I was sitting on pins and needles I was so nervous .
Restatement or synonym clues. An idiom may be simplified or restated.
Sentence: The young girl felt as though she had been sent to the dog house when her mother punished her for fighting in school.
Contrast or Antonym clues. An idiom may be clarified by a contrasting phrase or antonym that is near it.
Sentence: Chynna thought the 5k marathon would be a piece of cake , but it turned out to be very difficult .
Pay attention to the signal word but , which tells the reader that an opposite thought or concept is occurring.
- Informal language is not appropriate in formal writing or speaking contexts.
- Slang and idioms might not make logical sense to nonnative speakers of English.
- It is good to be aware of slang and idioms so they do not appear in your formal writing.
Write a short paragraph about yourself to a friend. Write another paragraph about yourself to an employer. Examine and discuss the differences in language between the two paragraphs.
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Why is of mice and men banned, digital slang essay sample, example.
Slang is a specific category of conventional language used by a relatively small group of people who share situations or interests. It consists of words and phrases that cannot be found in regular dictionaries, but possess real meaning and are used to efficiently convey information; slang words and phrases can be either completely made up, or based on existing linguistic constructions ( Boston University ).
Among the most common digital slang terms and expressions are well-known abbreviations used in electronic messaging: “bb” (bye-bye), “brb” (be right back), “lol” (laughing out loud), “idk” (I don’t know), “smh” (shaking my head), “c u m8” (see you, mate), “btw” (by the way), “u2” (you too), and so on. Although it may seem convenient to use such distortions in order to accelerate communication, in fact slang overuse poses a problem; nowadays, this can be most often noticed in the academic environment. Slang is common among students, and unfortunately it has moved from online communication to student assignments.
According to a study involving around 700 students between the ages of 12 to 17, 85% of them are actively using at least one form of electronic communication, whether through instant messaging, text messaging, or social media. Terry Wood, a foreign language teacher at St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown, Md., believes that Twitter and Facebook are among the reasons of a great decline of students’ writing abilities. “They do not capitalize words or use punctuation anymore […] Even in emails to teachers or [on] writing assignments, any word longer than one syllable is now abbreviated to one,” says Terry Wood (U.S.News).
At the same time, not all of the experts believe slang is negatively affecting linguistic and writing capabilities. Slang expert Tony Thorne thinks slang is an appropriate part of the English language. “The very nature of the English language—and what it means to be British—is its flexibility […] A long time ago, slang was about work. Market workers, carpenters, public houses, farmers had their own slang […] All groups—it doesn’t matter whether they are soldiers, policeman, criminals or whatever—always generate to some extent their own language. It’s not just to communicate information, it’s in order to include people into your group and exclude people out of your group […] Slang has not become more prevalent, simply more public,” says Tony Thorne ( BBC News ).
It is hard to deny that slang has become a part of everyday communication. It is convenient for quickly exchanging messages in the environment of the Internet; slang can also be a part of professional, cultural, or other subculture. At the same time, young people tend to use slang words in inappropriate situations (in an academic environment, for example), which, as some specialists believe, negatively affects their communication and writing capabilities. So, slang should be used where it belongs—within informal and/or small groups of people, sharing the same situations, occupations, or interests.
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