Does slang get to you?
15 Jun 09
I didn't speak slang until I entered college. My friends use slang words very often and almost in every sentence. And that has had a bad impact on me as well. I've started speaking some slang words and I am trying to get over it and not to utter them. Like, yesterday in the cricket match, India wasn't playing well, all of us started abusing and using slang language. I seriously abhor it!!
17 Jun 09
Slang words do not bother me. It can be considered as another dialect. If dialects can be accepted then slang words should also be accepted. Most of the time I avoid the use of slang. It is the way I am. I prefer a maximum number of people to understand what I am saying But when I am in a group where slang is used,I will use one or two slang words. At my age, the use of many slang words when I am with the younger generation may be construed as attempts of trying to be 'young', and being called something which is not nice. By the way, I keep track of slang words. There are sites which list down slang words, and with examples of their usage. all the best, rosdimy
16 Jun 09
I prefer to use proper English, but now and again a bit of slang will creep in. What really gets me is 'text message speak,' because I hate to see beautiful words mangled. Slang also messes with language, so that's probably why I avoid it. Also, slang can exclude people, as some people will use it in front of the uninitiated. Anything which excludes someone from a conversation should be avoided, in my opinion.
15 Jun 09
I think most people would unknowingly add on some colloquial English into their daily interactions with their friends and maybe even colleagues. I feel that this is not a problem as long as we know when to use formal English and when not to. I suppose even some people living outside Singapore might have heard of the term "Singlish". It is basically a combination of English with many other dialects and languages including Malay and Chinese. It sounds perfectly fine in normal day-to-day conversations , but using it in formal occasions and speeches is just frowned upon and makes the person look like a rude, gangster-like sort of person. Yea, so when speaking slang, make sure it does not get into your normal English grammar and vocabulary.