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  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
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    dawg, what up

    Hello.

    Today I've heard an interesting conversation between a bunch of rappers. Probably they were sort of rappers.
    Honestly, I didn't understand anything, but I clearly heard "dawg". I know what it means. I'm just wonder why do they use that word? Is it offensive? If someone tell me "What up dawg, have a cigarette?" I'll be frozen up because if I translate it to Russian it'll sounds pretty offensive for me.

    The second thing is:
    The diffirence between "what's up" and "what up". They sound exactly differently, but what about the meaning?

    Moreover, they said something like that: "I didn't hear nothing". I guess it's incorrect, but acceptable in spoken English.
    And the last thing is: they didn't build sentences correctly. I mean, they said: "you're OK?" "you sure?". Suppose it's incorrect, but acceptable in spoken English as well.

    Am I right?

    Thanks.
    Boris.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #2

    Re: dawg, what up

    Regarding "dawg", it's a slang expression. Have a look here:

    dawg - Wiktionary

    Dawg | Define Dawg at Dictionary.com

    Urban Dictionary: dawg

    Please ask unrelated questions in a separate thread.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: dawg, what up

    The second thing is:
    The
    difference between "what's up" and "what up". They sound exactly differently, but what about the meaning?

    They have the same meaning. "What up" is street language. Your clause "They sound exactly differently" is incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: dawg, what up

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    I'll be frozen up because if I translate it to Russian it'll sounds pretty offensive for me.
    Surely, there are areas of Russian life where people use a lot of slang that sets them apart from mainstream language, aren't there?

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