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What is a slang ?

Asked by kishore malhotra, 23 Dec '08 10:10 pm
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Slang is the use of highly informal words and expressions that are not considered standard in the speaker's dialect or language.

Few linguists have endeavored to clearly define what constitutes slang.
Attempting to remedy this, Bethany K. Dumas and Jonathan Lighter argue that an expression should be considered "true slang" if it meets at least two of the following criteria:

It lowers, if temporarily, "the dignity of formal or serious speech or writing"; in other words, it is likely to be seen in such contexts as a "glaring misuse of register."
Its use implies that the user is familiar with whatever is referred to, or with a group of people that are familiar with it and use the term.
"It is a taboo term in ordinary discourse with people of a higher social status or greater responsibility."
It replaces "a well known conventional synonym." This is done primarily to avoid "the discomfort caused by the conventio ...more
Answered by Shikha Aggarwal, 23 Dec '08 10:17 pm

 
  
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Indecent language
Answered by Sastry Sanagala, 23 Dec '08 10:29 pm

 
  
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Words or phrases which are used commonly but do not form part of standard english.
Answered by Durgesh Bakshi, 23 Dec '08 10:18 pm

 
  
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Slang is the use of highly informal words and expressions that are not considered standard in the speaker's dialect or language.
Answered by mahabodhi, 23 Dec '08 10:14 pm

 
  
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Native language, casual speech.
Answered by monday, 23 Dec '08 10:11 pm

 
  
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Loose /unparliamentary
Answered by Damodar Biswal, 23 Dec '08 10:11 pm

 
  
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Wen kishore is kiss, kamal is kaam
Answered by kamal mehra, 24 Dec '08 10:52 am

 
  
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Vel, tissa stile of speekin.
Answered by rajender jerath, 23 Dec '08 10:12 pm

 
  
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