Sunday, September 9, 2007

The Use of Slang in Society

Quite frequently, new terms and phrases make their way into the vernacular from a variety of subcultural sources.

  • Often, current events lead to the coining of peculiar phrases to describe the news of the day. A series of fatal incidents led to the terms "disgruntled postal worker syndrome" and "going postal."
Slang most frequently originates among teenagers whose sense of alienation from older generations inspires them to concoct words of their own.

    The ultimate irony is that the words once thought to belong to the cutting edge soon become a mark of how dated a person's references might be. Terms like "disco bunny," "feminazi," "Trekkie," "shrimper," (a toe fetishist), "Deadhead," "dudette," and "holla" can pinpoint a person's age, interests, and sensitivities (or lack thereof) with remarkable precision.

    Next: Reality Can Be Harsh

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