Today in my ENG 101 classes, we discussed appropriate word choice for Standard American English. One part of the discussion is about slang—and how you have to avoid it in your formal academic writing.
Slang is exclusive—particular to a group of people. It’s also specific to a particular time period, which is why it’s no longer fashionable to use the slang we used when I was a teenager. But it is fun to reminisce about how utterly ridiculous we sounded.
“All slang is metaphor and all metaphor is poetry.” So sayeth G.K. Chesterton anyway. I’m not so sure the stuff we said “back in the day” really qualifies:
- Take a Chill Pill
- Where’s the Beef?
- Smooth move, ex-lax
- That’s it–that’s the ticket
- Gag Me With A Spoon
- What’s your damage? (alternatively “what’s your malfunction?”)
- Gotta jet
- Bite me (I still say this)
Dude, we were so, like, totally rad…to the max. Duh.