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    (Original post by MR.ANONYMOUS 786)
    No. Not really. We just want people to speak the Queen's English and not create another absurd language. I've had conversations with people of my age and had to ask them what they said because I understand not one bit of it.


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    That would seem to be your problem. Clearly everyone else they talk to is capable of understanding it or they wouldn't say it: why can't you?

    I myself have a degree in linguistics and speak impeccable "Queen's English" (which is actually an accent, not a vocabulary, but that might be a bit complicated for you at this stage).

    It does not do to be sneering at the language of working-class people. This stuff has always been the engine of language change (while all upper-class attempts to regulate language have fallen flat) and I would suspect a large majority of the words we use from day to day are demotic in origin.

    Why on earth is what the Queen (supposedly) talks like more important than what most people talk like?
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    (Original post by chocoholic_x)
    So you're denying that society associates the Queen's English with whiteness and class? Also:

    'What is undeniable is that street slang is linked to identity and a sense of belonging. Idris Alasi, 17, from Peckham, agrees that slang is central to the assertion of teenage identity. "I feel slang is a tool used by us as young people to give us a greater sense of self and belonging." For Lewis, the use of street slang by teenagers can be empowering, and is more about a desire to fit in. "As a young black man growing up in inner-city London, slang made me feel part of something. It fostered a sense of belonging."'

    http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/...g-6530868.html
    All you're giving me is two opinions and a link to a *****y newspaper. Why should you have to use made up words to "fit in"? Using slang is a great way to show you aren't educated enough in the language you speak that you can't even express yourself properly.

    I won't deny that society associates the Queen's English with class, but not "whiteness". I'll also make my position clearer for you, I am an advocate of Standard English. It has nothing to do with accent and encompasses grammar, vocabulary and spelling. Also, when I ridicule slang words, I ridicule *slang words*, NOT the ethnic minorities that are associated with them. I ridicule them because slang words are not real words.
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    (Original post by MR.ANONYMOUS 786)
    Yeah. Go and say that to an employer or university. That's if the person who's peaks slang has the necessary qualifications.


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    People who speak in a low register at home (in most of the world this is a whole different language entirely to that used for administration) are always capable of speaking in the higher register when dealing with city employers, government agents, the law etc.

    (It is not always the same the other way round, here insert the caricature of a middle class householder trying to talk in the register of the working class tradesman who comes round to do his plumbing etc).

    I bet even you speak in different registers depending on whether you are talking to friends or to institutions. I certainly hope so: anything else would be plain weird.
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    (Original post by UDZ)
    All you're giving me is two opinions and a link to a *****y newspaper. Why should you have to use made up words to "fit in"? Using slang is a great way to show you aren't educated enough in the language you speak that you can't even express yourself properly.

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    OK genius, let's hear you express the entire semantic set - denotations, connotations etc - of "moist" or "peak" in "the Queen's English".
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    (Original post by scrotgrot)
    OK genius, let's hear you express the entire semantic set - denotations, connotations etc - of "moist" or "peak" in "the Queen's English".
    I accidentally clicked submit before finishing my post. I just finished editing it so I recommend you read the rest of it.
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    (Original post by UDZ)
    I accidentally clicked submit before finishing my post. I just finished editing it so I recommend you read the rest of it.
    Mine stands: slang words are not superfluous, as you will realise when you try to express the same thing in Standard English.

    If they add something to the language then there is no argument whatsoever for arbitrarily drawing a line around Standard English - otherwise why speakest thou not the tongue of Shakespeare, Chaucer, Beowulf or even before English itself existed? Because semantic shift and linguistic innovation has continued steadily down the millennia depending entirely on what people feel they need words for.
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    Peng
    Peak
    Bear
    Brass

    Fricking hate these ones.
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    (Original post by NiamhM1801)
    Pagan.

    I don't even understand it?? Everyone says it and I'm just there like ???
    Usually spelled 'paigon', means someone's a snake
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    (Original post by scrotgrot)
    Mine stands: slang words are not superfluous, as you will realise when you try to express the same thing in Standard English.

    If they add something to the language then there is no argument whatsoever for arbitrarily drawing a line around Standard English - otherwise why speakest thou not the tongue of Shakespeare, Chaucer, Beowulf or even before English itself existed? Because semantic shift and linguistic innovation has continued steadily down the millennia depending entirely on what people feel they need words for.
    You're comparing "peak" and "bare" to "addiction" and "inaudible". The last two words were ones Shakespeare made. The difference is there are already words for what "peak" and "bare" mean, and they have no etymological origin (except those two words already exist as two very different things).
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    (Original post by Serine Soul)
    lush

    Though I do rather like Lush bath bombs ngl
    This word is hands down the worst.
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    I can deal with some...but others are physically painful...
    Bae, fam, maybz, tots and on fleek are the worst for me!
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    People who say the word lol rather than laugh - clearly the thing you're lol-ing at can't be that funny if you're not laughing.
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    (Original post by UDZ)
    You're comparing "peak" and "bare" to "addiction" and "inaudible". The last two words were ones Shakespeare made. The difference is there are already words for what "peak" and "bare" mean, and they have no etymological origin (except those two words already exist as two very different things).
    Why are peak and bare lesser than inaudible and addiction? You have not explained this.

    And of course they have an etymology (in this case, sense evolution): every word does.

    Express the entire semantic content of those words using standard English then. I'm waiting...
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    (Original post by scrotgrot)
    Why are peak and bare lesser than inaudible and addiction? You have not explained this.

    And of course they have an etymology (in this case, sense evolution): every word does.

    Express the entire semantic content of those words using standard English then. I'm waiting...
    That is off topic to this thread. This thread is about annoying slang words then some fine gentleman (or woman, no idea) came along accusing everyone of being classist and racist for saying they hate the word "bae" etc.
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    Wuu2 and Bae
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    (Original post by SinsNotTragedies)
    No, they don't.
    High five unto my fellow person who doth not speak of this "innit" atrocity.
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    Even reading this is hurting my brain.

    I haven't gone through the most recent, but, like many on here, it makes me physically ill to hear slang being spoken.

    The worst for me are 'fam', 'squad' and 'innit'. Also, 'bruv' o.e.
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    (Original post by aarora)
    For me it has to be 'Alie' - yes people STILL say it.
    never heard anyone say that before...
 
 
 
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