Charlie O. wrote:kath wrote:Charlie O. wrote:I sometimes wonder what makes one word "slang" and another word not.
this is the kinda thing i could talk about for hours. mwhaha (everybody calm down. i won't. saints game coming.)
but my quick shot answer would be: slang is basically what people come up with to make lingo their own. different from their parents. their teachers. the machine. i think of it as riffin, really.
... which means it changes the fastest of all.
who decides what language is "acceptable" and whatnot is a long topic indeed.
But a lot of slang words eventually become long term common language, do they not?
I mean, "fink" has been around for (checks link in earlier post) well over a century, now. It seems to me that it's ready to graduate to real word-dom.
There is a question as to how widely it is used, and a question relating to its Americanism (compare to the Australian "bonza" or "dinkum", but to your general point I concur. And agree.