Why Using Slangs is Not Cool
- May 24, 2017
Whenever a person from a different land or country comes into town, the first thing we do in a fit of naughtiness is teach them to use slang. And revel in the glory of it too. But never once do we realize that it isn’t ethical or moral to use slang let alone tach it. The usage of slang may be okay amongst your circle. Or even a village or town. But generally it is an act that is frowned upon. Has one ever wondered why is it so? Or why it is not okay to use it?
Slang was always referred to as the speech of those who aren’t well educated or well read. These are people that history defines as morally descript, unethical and unlawful. Society at large detested these people and their presence were always considered not clean. This is how slang originated. But over time it turned to be the language of the common folk. Slang itself is not different than regional language traits, but today's mass media means that it is less likely to be regionalised, and more likely to be prominent among certain groups- particularly young people who watch a particular TV show or listen to a particular band.
Can we stop it? No. Languages evolve over time; it's like trying to stop a tide trying to stop that. There are Darwinian-type mechanisms at work here too, if kids become so out of phase with mainstream language too quickly, they'll not advance and so be sidelined. The underlying reason always seems to be I had to suffer learning how to do it properly so you should too. Slang can’t be banned- and it shouldn’t be. It is personalized to an era and reflects characteristics of a time. Slang is special.
However, an overuse of slang terms can negatively affect people. Once the terms become too prevalent in a person’s vocabulary the individual can no longer differentiate between proper English and colloquial talk, slang becomes something “bad”. The inability to construct a sentence and a poor grasp of grammar combined with a generally poor use of English and a limited vocabulary will always count against youngsters when entering the job mark.Fortunately the workplace filters this and slowly but surely by the time the person reaches the age of 25 they begin to use English correctly.
The classic mistake of “I shouldn’t of” is replacing the correct “I shouldn’t have” and so on. Unfortunately many slang phrases use incorrect grammar and the usage of these phrases cause people to consistently use incorrect grammar. Once slang becomes too ingratiated into someone’s vocabulary, they sound unintelligible and less intelligent than others who use proper grammar and vocabulary.
Even when people do know when to use proper English, there always seems to be that one person who does not know that calling people using a colloquial term is not the best idea. This issue can even be addressed in schools. In past times, grammar and speech was greatly impressed upon young students, but now the common idea is that the meat of the idea is more important than the delivery. Increasingly, teachers are not emphasizing the importance of spelling, grammar, and correct usage, but it is not the teachers at fault. Parents also have to teach their children the importance of using slang in the appropriate contexts.
The essence of language is communication. It is one thing to say that language is continually evolving, but another to say that all deviations from received language are necessarily a positive part of that evolution rather than a degrading of the language or an evolutionary cul-de-sac or even the development of a diverging and different language. If meaning becomes uncertain or ambiguous then people are entitled to criticize. If words are used not only to convey meaning but also in part to cause offence or to show a particular political or other allegiance or as a humorous euphemism then, again, people are entitled to criticize where that use is inappropriate. Change for change's sake is not good and simply accepting and embracing into the received language all slang because it is there rather goes against the nature of slang as a revolt against the received.
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