Slang - Is It Good or Bad?

914 Words4 Pages
Slang is it good or bad? Is slang a good thing? Language guru David Crystal in his huge work on the English language , ‘The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English Language’ gives a whole list of reasons why it is used – to which the person I’ve just asked about it says ‘It extends the language.’ Crystal says it is a way of being witty and different as well as adding an earthiness to the abstract. It can reduce the seriousness of an occasion or take the sting out of a refusal. It is also a kind of secret language. Young people use slang the adults don’t understand. Cockney rhyming slang is said to have been a thieves’ argot, so that the authorities did not understand what was being said. Sometimes though it means that those of you who are learning English as a second language don’t understand either – but with care you can work it out. On the other hand what is slang and what is dialect? Watch 'The Darling buds of May' for Kentish accents. You will find such programmes fun even if you don’t understand every word. They could lead to bad habits though. You may end up referring to your wife as "'er indoors" or pronouncing ‘God ‘ as ‘Gawd’ and talking about the ‘perfick’ weather. What it will do though, is enrich your knowledge of English in a positive way and this is the aim after all.Here are some examples of slang:- ‘The wooden hill’, are the stairs, as in ‘It’s time you went up the wooden hill’, which simply means it's time for bed Londoners might refer to ‘Apples and pears ‘ which rhymes with stairs. They talk too about ‘my old china’ which is short for ‘china plate’ which rhymes with ‘mate’. Do remember though, before you try to use any slang, that lots of slang words are considered to be extremely rude. Make sure you really understand what a word or phrase means before you introduce it into conversation, unless you want to be rude of course. Other words may

More about Slang - Is It Good or Bad?

Open Document