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Slangstine

Thinking about the above-mentioned topic I can’t help asking: why should anyone waste his time learning to speak otherwise than everybody else? To have a better laugh. To stand out the crowd . Because s/he must . Why the slang vocabulary has to be always updated? Not to give some the slightest chance to catch up and become majority, learning only what a bunch of us know. To communicate in codes . What is it so important that none could know or speak openly about? Something too raw, funny, censored, colorful and anarchical… A way of seeing things that slightly differs from George Eliot’s point of view (quoted into the American “lingoes” dictionary, signed by Paul Dickson), one that states each social group has its own codes, and the “correct English” (or other language used correctly most of the time) “is the slang of prigs who write histories and essays!” Looking through another source (“Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang” by Jonathon Green) we meet a more extensive notion, that one of “occupational jargon”, which introduces slang talk into technique domains. So, as a business man, sports guy, doctor, writer, criminologist, cook unemployed or student, you still get to talk the specific language used in your work or life experience.

Those who admit slang being interesting and creative try to integrate it, make it perfectly acceptable. Also, interest in knowing slang doesn’t coincide necessarily with the intention of using it currently in a subversive way. “To describe and not to proscribe” must be the motto of a lexicographer (J. Green says) and probably an innocent intention like this is the one invoked by those who organize slang competitions in certain schools.

As a matter of fact, the Scandinavian “sleng” means method, strategy, and in a polyglot world we want to understand them all, but also save a tiny bit of our own privacy. We’ve got to appeal then to “slangstine” airs and make up unique languages, besides assimilating some “wicked awesome” terms already out there.

The linguistic dynamics determines us to find out new stuff and makes impossible the exclusive use of correct words, accepted as they originated, unaltered by centuries…

Arty, February 2005

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