Global English Slang: Methodologies and Perspectives by Julie Coleman PDF

By Julie Coleman

ISBN-10: 0415842670

ISBN-13: 9780415842679

Global English Slang brings together nineteen key overseas specialists and offers a well timed and crucial review of English slang all over the world today.

The ebook illustrates the applying of a number of various methodologies to the examine of slang and demonstrates the interconnection among different sub-fields of linguistics.

A key argument all through is that slang is a functionality performed by means of particular phrases or words instead of a attribute inherent within the phrases themselves- what's slang in a single context isn't really slang in one other. the amount additionally demanding situations got knowledge at the nature of slang: that it's short-lived and that slang is specific to verbal language.

With an advent by way of editor Julie Coleman, the themes coated diversity from internal urban big apple slang and Hip Hop Slang to united kingdom pupil slang and slang in Scotland. Authors additionally discover slang in Jamaica, Australia, New Zealand, India and Hong Kong and the impact of English slang on Norwegian, Italian and eastern. a last part appears at slang and new media together with on-line slang utilization, and the probabilities provided through the net to record verbal and gestural slang.

Global English Slang is a vital reference for complex undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers operating within the components of lexicology, slang and international Englishes.

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It reappeared in the American 1993 drama/hood film Menace II Society. The directorial debut of Allen and Albert Hughes, its plot shows urban violence and drug use in the lives of a young hoodlum and his friends in Los Angeles. In one scene, two teenagers riding in a car discuss the driver’s most recent sexual encounter. The passenger tells the driver he hopes he was wearing a hat (condom), and the driver answers: ‘You know I’m packing the plastic. Shit, I ain’t goin’ out like Willy Lump Lump … ’.

Chirp me” flatline ‘leaving’ “I’m about to flatline. C’ya mañana”* foo-foo ‘bootleg’ “He thinks he’s doing it, but his whole style is foo-foo”* Kufi ‘head’ “Keep messing around, I’ma knock your Kufi off”* minute ‘a very long time’ “You’ve been in that store for a minute. Let’s go already” nufferin’, nufferer ‘talking about nothing, filling air’ “Stop nufferin’ me, you have nothing to say”* thraca ‘trash’ “Those sneakers you bought are thraca. They’ll fall apart in a month” Kufi refers to the skullcap worn by Moslem men.

In one scene, two teenagers riding in a car discuss the driver’s most recent sexual encounter. The passenger tells the driver he hopes he was wearing a hat (condom), and the driver answers: ‘You know I’m packing the plastic. Shit, I ain’t goin’ out like Willy Lump Lump … ’. Urban Dictionary lists both and Lump Lump, with a variety of definitions, including ‘a male with a sexual disease’. The terms for male and female genitalia are surprisingly unimaginative. The two male terms are love-stick† and magic stick ‘penis’ “She don’t know what it’s about until she samples my magic stick”.

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