Post #66 – Favorite slang

I have a rather embarrassing confession.

Despite being a graduated English major, I’m not entirely sure how many of the words I use on a daily basis qualify as slang.

I know, it is horrifying.  I’m pretty sure horrifying isn’t slang.  But perhaps my use of the word “pretty” to mean “fairly certain” is slang?  Hold on… I’ll look up the definition of slang.

Slang, according to the dictionary on my Macbook, is a “type of language that consists of words and phrases that are regarded as very informal, are more common in speech than writing, and are typically restricted to a particular context or group of people”.

Ok, so my use of “pretty” may or may not be slang.  I wrote it, but only because I am using an informal tone in this blog.  I would never use it like that in any academic writing.  Is it slang?  I’ll leave it up to you to decide.

Let’s move on to legitimate slang words that I love to use.

  • I will probably always use “pop” instead of “soda” or “soda pop”.  I’m from the Midwest, where we call it “pop”.
  • I also use variations of the phrase “to be open” quite often.
  • I commonly greet people (usually while texting) with “what’s up?”.
  • I’ll say that I’m “pumped” when I mean “excited”.
  • “Crazy” and “pretty” can both mean “very” to me.

Ok, I’m sure there are many, many more slang words I use on a daily basis, but I’m blanking on them at the moment.  Like I said earlier, it’s embarrassing since I’m an English major.  Oh well, life goes on.

What slang do you use on a daily basis?

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