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Slang Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    slang n
  1. informal language consisting of words and expressions that are not considered appropriate for formal occasions; often vituperative or vulgar; "their speech was full of slang expressions"
  2. a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo" [syn: cant, jargon, lingo, argot, patois, vernacular] v
  3. use slang or vulgar language
  4. fool or hoax; "The immigrant was duped because he trusted everyone"; "You can't fool me!" [syn: gull, dupe, befool, cod, fool, put on, take in, put one over, put one across}]
  5. abuse with coarse language
Slang Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Slang \Slang\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Slanged; p. pr. & vb. n. Slanging.] To address with slang or ribaldry; to insult with vulgar language. [Colloq.] Every gentleman abused by a cabman or slanged by a bargee was bound there and then to take off his coat and challenge him to fisticuffs. --London Spectator.
Slang Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Slang \Slang\, imp. of Sling. Slung. [Archaic]

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Slang'

Slang is words that are informal. Usually each generation or social group has its own slang - for example, older people can have trouble understanding the slang of younger people. On the other hand, younger people often understand, but find silly or old-fashioned, the slang of older people.

Over time, language tends to get more complex, since new words enter much faster than old words leave. Over time, slang almost always becomes part of the language, and approved for use by all.

It has also happened that some words used in Anglo-Saxon for bodily functions became thought of as profanity or rude after they were replaced by Latinate words like "urinate", "defecate" and "copulate" - which polite people were supposed to use after the Norman invasion of England in 1066. This was in part a way of making poor people (who spoke Anglo-Saxon) all appear to be rude, while more powerful people (who spoke Norman) appeared to be polite - one way that etiquette can develop, and reinforce power structure. This is only one example from history of how racism can be a reason for defining one group's language as 'slang' and another as 'correct'.

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* All slang is a metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry. - G. K. Chesterton

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    TIME interviews a man who probably knows more about slang than anyone else on the planet Read more on this news related to 'Slang'
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    A Pleasant View, Utah high school teacher is now on paid leave after she asked her students to come up with a bunch of slang terms for their genitalia as part of a course called “Adult Roles and Financial Literacy.” The genitalia brainstorm session occurred on Friday at Weber High School. The teacher is Ashley Williams, reports The Salt Lake Tribune. “We had Read more on this news related to 'Slang'
  • Quiz: Which Singaporean Slang Are You?
    Which Singapore Slang Are You? Singlish has become so ingrained in the Singapore culture that it is one of the defining ways you can spot a Singaporean overseas. If you're a true blue Singaporean, there is no way that you don't know our very own Singapore slang. It has indefinitely made us even more unique as a country and will always be a part of us.  Read more on this news related to 'Slang'

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