Monday, December 06, 2004

On slang

William Safire covers slang in his latest On Language column.

I'd say I use about half the words. A quarter I've never heard of. And the rest: They're either old or wrong, or else I'm so far out of it I know no better. (Is it really new to be saying "ba-a-ad" means "good"?)


At 9:31 AM, December 07, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Safire's name only has one "F" in it.

But yeah, I agree that his list is pretty lame.

At 7:55 PM, December 09, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slang evolves so rapidly that it's a fool's errand to try to catalog it in a timely fashion. By the time it filters up to the news media, it's usually already out-of-date. Slang also tends to vary regionally, so a term in use in one area may be meaningless elsewhere.


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