Slang words are part of all languages now. These words consist of films, music, media, social networks and Internet casual communication. Slang words come to the wordlist of teenagers from the mouths of famous actors, pop artists, especially in the genre of “standup”. Posts on social networks and funny videos are also accompanied by slang captions. It takes a long time for parents to decode this language.
What is Slang?
Slang word is a language type containing words and phrases that are considered as very informal. Slangs are more common in talking than writing, and are normally classified to a certain situation, background or group of people. In fact slang is non-standard vocabulary, used in casual communication.
As per Wikipedia Slang is language (words, phrases, and usages) of an informal register that members of particular in-groups favor (over a standard language) in order to establish group identity, exclude outsiders, or both.
Where Does Slang Come From?
Almost all professions have their own professional slang words. School, College and University students often use these words in their day to day communication. Teenagers are young and creative and more active in socializing. Internet and social media have played a major role in generating slangs now a day. Engineers, Doctors and lawyers are even required to communicate among themselves with the help of slang words in the presence of a client, so ethics are required. Moreover, every family passes on their own words from generation to generation, and interesting this is the authors of these slang words are mostly children. They blend and rewrite the words as they seem logical, interesting in spoken also these new words give them chance of hiding things during speak.
Why do people use slang?
Well we all know that just like other tools, language is also a tool and all tools use to be evolved for better results. Similarly new words are introduced in the languages with the need of time and circumstances for better and concise communication. Just like in professions, industry or technical areas newly introduced casual words are called “Jargons” but the same words in social terms called “Slangs”.
Here are few common reasons people use slangs:
- People have become lazy or find ease in every matter.Its an age of information overloading
- Group of people talk in encrypted form which only they can understand
- It is a way of showing off their immense knowledge.
- TUI (They Use It). People use slangs as their style
- As its hoax prevailed in the society
What effect does slang have on society?
We have observed both positive and negative effects of slang on the society.
Slangs improve informal communication. As language is continuously developing so addition of new informal words with the mixture of different languages evolve language. Plus people getting together from different cultures are adding value by adding slangs. Global village we know this term right?
Negative effect of slang words is that it is difficult to differentiate when to use it and when not in formal communication. Because when slangs become very common then they are able to make their place in our communication without any distinction of being slangs.
Barney The police. “Just look at this barney squad”
BBE Biggest Beating Ever: He BBE us in the team match
Catch the fair one It means to get involved in fight. “It seems both groups are going to catch the fair one”
Drop gloves To fight
Dustup A disagreement. “I have dustup on politics with Esha”
Front A cover-up, disguise, deception. “A house is just a front on how much wealthy he is”
Get banked on to be hit, punched, attacked. “Luther got banked on”
The website Dictionary can help a lot to know latest slang. Slang words change frequently and this dedicated dictionary is great updated content source.