Slang is the use of informal words and expressions that are not considered standard in the speaker's language or dialect but are considered acceptable in certain social settings. Slang expressions may act as euphemisms and may be used as a means of identifying with one's peers.
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... The origin of the word slang is uncertain ... It has a connection with Thieves' cant, and the earliest attested use (1756) refers to the vocabulary of "low or disreputable" people ...
... The first influence on Digger slang was Australia's involvement in the First World War ... and the women who nursed them, coined many words of Digger slang, including "Blighty" for Great Britain (it being the name for a wound severe enough to get one returned to Britain for hospitalization ... As well as gaining slang versions of many French words from the areas in which the soldiers fought, such as "naipoo" for "no way" (taken from the French "il n'y a plus"), "tray bon" (from "très ...
... has been used in parts of both the UK and Australia as slang for an alcoholic drink, especially beer ... This use is noted in a slang dictionary as early as 1890, and still appears in list of slang terms written today (especially lists of Australian slang) ... sherbets." - … pints of beer." "Sherbet dab" is used as rhyming slang for a "taxi cab" ...
... Most of the slang are common across all dialects ... However certain slang are restricted to certain social classes or groups ... As such, it is also difficult to find instances of colloquial slang, in any form of formal literature ...
... The second influence on Digger slang was Australia's involvement in the Second World War ... Some of the soldiers who had fought in the First World War perpetuated Digger slang into the second ... "backsheesh" for money, "shoofti" for a look around (borrowed via British slang from Arabic), and "guts" for news and information ...
More definitions of "slang":
- (noun): Informal language consisting of words and expressions that are not considered appropriate for formal occasions; often vituperative or vulgar.
Example: "Their speech was full of slang expressions"
- (verb): Use slang or vulgar language.
- (verb): Abuse with coarse language.
Famous quotes containing the word slang:
“It is a mass language only in the same sense that its baseball slang is born of baseball players. That is, it is a language which is being molded by writers to do delicate things and yet be within the grasp of superficially educated people. It is not a natural growth, much as its proletarian writers would like to think so. But compared with it at its best, English has reached the Alexandrian stage of formalism and decay.”
—Raymond Chandler (18881959)
“Ive found that there are only two kinds that are any good: slang that has established itself in the language, and slang that you make up yourself. Everything else is apt to be passé before it gets into print.”
—Raymond Chandler (18881959)
“All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.”
—Gilbert Keith Chesterton (18741936)