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Why are privately educated middle-class using urban slang?

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    I go to quite a prestigious university and many of the people I hang around with are generally privately educated and very middle-class and many live in rural areas.

    However, many of them insist of using urban slang, more associated with people from urban, inner-city areas, mainly London. So they're using words like "bare, ,chung, sick, wagwan, buff, endz, cotchin, wasteman" etc..

    It really makes me cringe when I have to listen to them talking but at the same time I'm left wondering just why? Are they trying to be "cool"?
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    Sometimes when you're surrounded by people who constantly use those words you can't help it. Sometimes they just use it to fit in
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    Because they want to, you get me? Wasteman!
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    Because they want to bro! YGM? (Yah get meh )
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    Never heard of chung or cotchin before?
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    are they not allowed to ?
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    (Original post by This Honest)
    Never heard of chung or cotchin before?
    This is the first I've ever heard of any of those. Am I missing something?
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    It just brushes of on people most of the time. It's also who your around, you can notice that people's vocabulary changes with company. Its always been the case, and isn't exactly new.
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    (Original post by Willez)
    This is the first I've ever heard of any of those. Am I missing something?
    :hmmmm:
    Well I'm in London and haven't heard of those words before :unsure:
    How about you?
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    (Original post by GoingInsane)
    I go to quite a prestigious university and many of the people I hang around with are generally privately educated and very middle-class and many live in rural areas.

    However, many of them insist of using urban slang, more associated with people from urban, inner-city areas, mainly London. So they're using words like "bare, ,chung, sick, wagwan, buff, endz, cotchin, wasteman" etc..

    It really makes me cringe when I have to listen to them talking but at the same time I'm left wondering just why? Are they trying to be "cool"?
    Lool times have changed. I'm from London and haven't heard those words for over 3 years, except for 'bare' and 'wagwarn'.
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    I had a conversation with an associate with a magic circle law firm earlier this year who actually used the terms "wasteman" and even, I think, "batty boy". I'm guessing they don't speak like that at work though.
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    Don't think there's any such thing. It's whether you use it or you don't.
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    (Original post by This Honest)
    Never heard of chung or cotchin before?
    Cotchin means relaxing and chung was a word of 08' relating to how attractive a girl is.
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    (Original post by Reform)
    Cotchin means relaxing and chung was a word of 08' relating to how attractive a girl is.
    Oh right thanks I was 14 in 08 so didn't know a lot
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    (Original post by This Honest)
    :hmmmm:
    Well I'm in London and haven't heard of those words before :unsure:
    How about you?
    Nope, never - although I don't come from London. "Sick" sounds like a distinctly American colloquialism though.
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    (Original post by GoingInsane)
    I go to quite a prestigious university and many of the people I hang around with are generally privately educated and very middle-class and many live in rural areas.

    However, many of them insist of using urban slang, more associated with people from urban, inner-city areas, mainly London. So they're using words like "bare, ,chung, sick, wagwan, buff, endz, cotchin, wasteman" etc..

    It really makes me cringe when I have to listen to them talking but at the same time I'm left wondering just why? Are they trying to be "cool"?
    Not all of them do. I don't. Some do it for fun, I guess, or 'cause they don't want to get made fun of being too posh.
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    They might be using it in an ironic, hipster-ish way.
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    (Original post by Kiss)
    Candidate for post of the year. Exactly what I was thinking.
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    What the hell does any of those mean? The only urban slang my friends use is when they're mocking.

    But still, what the hell...

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