A respectable London daily has this headline: How the (name of another paper) makes serialisation pay. First, you buy the memoirs , then you slag them off." The deck (subhead) continues: (Name of woman celebrity whose memoirs are being serialized by X newspaper) is just the latest victim of a cost-effective strategy. Could someone please tell me what the verb "slag them off" means in that context? Does it mean something like "to criticize"? Thank you.
ys most popular british slang from the most popular hip-pop songs
anybody else know such kind of fashion trend??
that made me realise how I have been learning English:
If the OP had asked for the meaning of 'slag' (promiscuous woman) I would have to check a dictionary, but it was 'slag off', which means 'to criticise somebody'.
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.... and there's also the original meaning of 'slag' - little used in the UK any more, as there's so little coal-mining. Each mine had one or more slag heaps, a pile of waste material. The collapse of a slag heap was involved Aberfan disaster in 1966 (Aberfan disaster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - I was at school at the time, but far enough away [several hundred miles] to stop me from claiming a narrow escape ) I guess 'slag', to mean 'worthless woman', was coined because of an extension of the idea of worthlessness (waste matter on a slag heap).
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