Slang’s the thang …

Posted by on November 11, 2010

Following on from my recent blogette, ‘Stupid innit?‘, check out this blog, earmarked in our Friday round-up posting, ‘Language and words in the news‘. Slang and swear words exist in every language – there’s no point in denying it and this should be recognized to some degree in classroom learning. The English that students learn in class should resemble the English they will experience out on the English-speaking streets. The author suggests that slang is like junk food and should only be taken as part of an otherwise healthy linguistic diet. For me, slang and swear words are like condiments … a sprinkling can bring out the flavours in a wonderful dish, but too much can ruin it.

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