Relax the standards
And anything can happen.
What up? Yo, mama!
I use a lot of slang. It's hard not to these days when it's so freely used everywhere, even in the media. It's part of the vernacular, and here to stay. Slang can be defined as the use of highly informal words and phrases. To qualify as slang, the words must be outside the norm of what is considered standard usage in a given language or dialect. Slang is prevalently specific to a particular context or group, while language and dialect tend to be specific to a particular location.
Slang words usually evolve (devolve?) as deviations from standard language. Slang is very popular with adolescents, who sometimes seem to have a whole secret language. All age groups and all classes use it, however. Those of you who are old enough remember the slang from the Beat Generation, which was followed by the new terminology coined by the Hippie movement, which gave way to the wealth of slang now firmly entrenched.
There are all kinds of sub-cultures of slang, some of which intermingle. There's street slang, gangsta slang, sexual slang, Internet slang. Since I'm on the computer so much, I see a lot of Internet slang: ASAP, bot, blog, FAQ, DFTT (don't feed the troll), FFS (for fuck's sake), flaming, FUBAR (fucked up beyond all repair), hit, lurk, newbie, snail mail. And Internet slang does not, of course, preclude all the rest of the slang. During one sitting of Net cruising, you're quite likely to see sexual slang (boink, boff, get busy, do -- and this doesn't even include the myriad slang terms for body parts), Thug/Gangsta slang (bitch, ho, pimped out, crib, bling, grill, posse, dog), and all the myriad other slang subsets.
And last but not least is the ever present "MoFo" -- and all variations thereof.
Without a doubt, new slangology pops up every day. New terms pop onto the scene suddenly and old terms can become passe just as suddenly. Just because you knew the lingo yesterday doesn't necessarily mean you'll know it today. I happened across these two slang terms yesterday which were new to me:
1. The inability to gain or maintain an internet connection.
2. The inability to print, email, or get to the internet.
Aberzombie: One who wears only Abercrombie & Fitch clothing.
Tell me some of your favorite slang words.
I found these Words Gone Wild getting ready for the weekend. Those of you who have proved to be so adept at Twisted Linguistics, give them your best shot.
universities or collages
in dependant law schools
where readers collesce
What slanguage do you speak? Warning: This one is HARD.
Your Slanguage Profile
Prison Slang: 50%
Southern Slang: 50%
Aussie Slang: 25%
Canadian Slang: 25%
New England Slang: 25%
Victorian Slang: 25%