SlanG huh

NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough has a suggestion for what young people can do for their country.

“Please, please do what you can to cure the verbal virus that seems increasingly rampant among your generation,” McCullough implored Boston College’s class of 2008 at commencement ceremonies Monday.
David McCullough urges BC grads to speak properly

He said he’s particularly troubled by the “relentless, wearisome use of words” such as like, awesome and actually.

“Just imagine if in his inaugural address John F. Kennedy had said, ‘Ask not what your country can, you know, do for you, but what you can, like, do for your country actually,” he said.

Graduates apparently thought his speech was, like, awesome. They gave him a standing ovation.

Like WoW!

Every language has a unique set of rules which specifies how words are formed, how they are combined, and even how they are interpreted.
And even though most of us can’t state the rules, this doesn’t mean we don’t know them.

The rules are used in everyday conversation which provides a ready-made environment for language learning even in children.

In all societies children attain, even without formal training,– the rules for comprehending and forming sets of sentences simply by observing how adults around them communicate.

But ya wouldn’t know it, if you listen to ‘kids nowadays’ like ya know what I mean?dunce9.gif

Yo Wassup Dawg?

That’s Hot.


For your pleasure guyz n dollz, I’ve made a lis..aka “list” of words that I think need to be ceremoniously tossed into the garbage compactor: trash1ani.gif

Let’s start with:
“Undocumented Workers”. Uh huh. Whoever came up with that beaut!

Other verbal crutches that just gotta go. dontcareani.gif

-“You know what I’m sayin’?” better known as “knowhadahmsayn?”

-Playah, player


-What you lookin’ at foo?

-“My bad”


Come to think of it…Lately the word “Change”… makes me wanna hit the mute button too…if ya “knowhadahmsayn”.

Have any of your own to add to da list? thinkani-uddy.gif


Do ya feel me?

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29 Responses to “SlanG huh”

  1. Debbie says:

    I agree. Please instruct children, youth and adults to speak proper English. It makes them appear uneducated if they don’t.

  2. Incognito says:

    Heh… good my peep…:-)

    can’t think of any… but “awesome” was a great word till it was hijacked!

  3. Roger W. Gardner says:

    Great article. Loved it. And Debbie’s comments are right on, as usual.
    What was that about the “dumbing-down” of America?

    Sorry I haven’t been over here lately, but I really have been busy. lol
    I’ll try to be back more often.

  4. Katie says:

    If I hear one more person ask me “you know” I’ll scream! No I don’t know. You are suppose to be telling me so I can know.

    It took me a while to translate “Fuhgeddaboutit!” Then I switched to Brooklynese and it was perfectly understandable to me. (My Brooklyn roots are showing.)

    Love the post.

  5. KarLLmM says:

    What we have here is,

    “Failure to Communicate”..(Cool hand Luke..1967)

    and its only getting worse..
    The english language is currently in ICU with no hint of immediate recovery. Thanks for the laughs Angel, and the pics are the best…

  6. MK says:

    “totally sic”

    oh and the pants around the ankles.

    You know what turns the teens completely off, when you start talking like them. So when you start saying like whatever an ya feel me, they’ll have to find some other way.

  7. Z says:

    LIKE i loved this piece, usual. LIKE everybody here is so right, MAN. It’s AWESOME (Z’s personal least favorite) and LIKE SO cool.


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  9. Rosemary says:

    Like I don’t got no words really that u cud use 4 ur article. Cuz I don’t get out and about too often. I dunno 2 many peeps (or sheeps) that done talk dis way anymore. ;)

  10. Pela68 says:

    Tell me about it! (Oh, you just did…).

  11. Panhandle Poet says:

    Huh?! I’m still tryin’ to figure out what language y’all are speakin’!!

  12. The Hermit says:

    I can remember all sorts of slang from when I was a teenager (40 years ago). I don’t think any of those words are in use today.

  13. Junglle Mom says:

    “going green”
    “environmentally friendly”
    Sick to death oF those! On every commercial it seems!!!

  14. Layla says:

    Angel girly you are right on! I was shocked when an elderly woman (a neighbor) remarked how she always has envied the “bling” on my wedding ring finger.

    It would have been much nicer had she just said your wedding ring is beautiful or something to that effect.

    It behoves me not only when our children do not use proper English, but now our elderly? Oy vey!

  15. EDGE says:

    My niece (10) says the word “cool” is now bad, you want to be called a “jerk.” So when I say she is cool, she gets all upset. It’s fun! :)

  16. Brooke says:

    I like glaring hard at kids until they stop it with the slang. :)

  17. ben says:

    “Change”… makes me wanna hit the mute button too…

    lol !



    “Correct” is starting to drive me nuts too.
    Funny post!

  18. Joe Gringo says:

    “ayyyight” rubs me the wwrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrong way and when I tell a food server or any other service industry person “thank you” and they come back with “no problem” I really cringe. What’s wrong with “you’re welcome?”

    Been just too busy lately, really grinding, I’ll get around more after next week….leaving tomorrow for the annual golf outing with the boys up in Prescott, AZ!

    Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!!

  19. kevin says:

    When I was in High School, the slang was totally gnarly, like tubular to the max. Everyone was tripindicular, y’know? But today’s slang is way bogus.

  20. Daniel Ruwe says:

    The post was like, totally cool man. ;)

  21. Mustang says:

    Like dude, I wuz gunna axe you a quession, but like . . . this post was so awesome, I fughotaboutit.

  22. darcee says:

    Oh, this is so timely. I found this last week and it made me laugh.

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  24. Always On Watch says:

    Even my best students–some of them quite the bookworms of great literature–sprinkle their speech with slang. When I drop the hammer on using slang in my classes, students have to take time to formulate their thoughts and, therefore, make those thoughts more specific.

    As far as I’m concerned, slang is a shortcut which trains young minds not to use critical thinking and reasoned debate.

  25. tapline says:

    Angel, Welllllll, it was different……I know my grandaughter uses this languate and drives me bonkers……stay well….

  26. Angel says:

    haha love the comments dudes and dudettes!

    Thankeez!! ;)

  27. heidianne jackson says:

    great post – no words to add beyond the well typed words by you and others here. thanks for the great laugh!

  28. radar says:

    Hi Angel!

    That was so right on and cool, it was groovy and I really dug it, man!

  29. cube says:

    Groovy post. I especially agree about the word ‘change’. Obama has changed the meaning of change for me. Now the meaning scares me.