Traditional interest in the variety of Language called ‘slang’ and the usage of this variety has been highly prescriptive, something that budding linguists are always told not to be. Hence, a different approach is needed, namely a more descriptive one that relates to ideas and concepts relating to the field of study called Pragmatics.

A concise definition of the term ‘slang’ is: a dynamic variety of language that is used to show solidarity and claim in-group membership, and as suggested by Gibbs (1994). Slang is also one of the most important ‘mechanisms’ or devices for showing social awareness. This variety of language often occurs around ‘taboo’ subjects such as sex, drugs, alcohol, homosexuality, etc.

According to Lodge (1997), the…



Source by Masih Popal