THE EVOLUTION OF LANGUAGE: What does this do to our Registers? How do we know when to slang or not to slang? How do different nuances in English define communities?
I will be honest and say I am not a fan of slang....unless it is used in the appropriate setting. I believe in moderation with most things, including language.
I recently spent months researching slang of the 1920's, and that was a whole lot of fun. It also opened my eyes as to where some of our current slang originated, and how the meanings have changed. Words go in and out of style in much the same way our fashions do. What was hip to say in the 80's makes you sound "old" and "out of touch" today. It can be hard to keep up, and in many ways, the changing slang landscape can be a way of excluding and including others via language.
Here is a very interesting article from the BBC on Slang. Although the British slang may not be the same as ours, well, it is cool to learn about what "slang" looks like in other English speaking countries. I think this article is poignant because it also addresses how English is becoming a much more international language, and every nationality is dressing it differently to suit their cultural community.
So....watch your slanglish, and enjoy the read. I look forward to hearing your reactions!