Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12

Thread: Slang words

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Aug 2003
    • Posts: 23
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    Slang words

    What were once nonsensical words often, with enough common usage, enter the English language. But even once it’s included in a dictionary it may for a long time before it becomes more than just slang and is more broadly accepted. One such recent case is the word “muggle”, a word coined by Rowling on the Harry Potter series. Thus, I have two questions.

    First of all, what are some slang words that have become more or less acceptable. For instance, would a word such a “groovy” be included in this category?

    Second, what are some of the latest (non offensive) slang words you’ve heard and what are their meanings and/or origins? This may include old words that have come back into fashion and brand new ones.

  1. RonBee's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Feb 2003
    • Posts: 16,570
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2
    The word cool in its sense of being "with it" was, I am sure, at one time considered a slang usage.

    :)

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 44,222
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3
    'Safe' is being used in the UK, meaning 'cool'.

  2. Casiopea's Avatar

    • Join Date: Sep 2003
    • Posts: 12,970
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    'Safe' is being used in the UK, meaning 'cool'.
    Sweet :)

  3. Ayuda-Tulong's Avatar

    • Join Date: Jan 2007
    • Posts: 93
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: Slang words

    I'm American, and this word is used all over the world in present times, but if I remember correctly, it was once considered extremely derogatory:

    Cop
    When I was growing up in the 1970s, my mother vehemently corrected me for referring to a police officer as a 'cop'. Nowadays, it's universally accepted.

  4. Casiopea's Avatar

    • Join Date: Sep 2003
    • Posts: 12,970
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6

    Re: Slang words

    When I was a kid, we called 'em the fuzz.
    Gee, I'm dating myself.


    • Join Date: Jan 2007
    • Posts: 112
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #7

    Re: Slang words

    Cop a load of that!, is another use of the word cop. Look at that!

    Cop that! Beat that!

    It's a fair cop! You have got me there!

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 44,222
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #8

    Re: Slang words

    Cop a load of that cop!


    • Join Date: Jan 2007
    • Posts: 112
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #9

    Re: Slang words

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Cop a load of that cop!
    He's not much cop!

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 44,222
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #10

    Re: Slang words

    He's a cop-out.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Native words
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 27-Sep-2007, 02:22
  2. 1000 most important words
    By Joe in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12-Sep-2004, 08:23
  3. slang words
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-Sep-2004, 23:48
  4. Stingy with words + giveway
    By xanana in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-Jan-2004, 15:05
  5. Confusing Words or Confused Words
    By Piak in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-Jun-2003, 00:10

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •