2011年8月21日日曜日

Rant about Slang (and Baldness)



As a rule I do not use a lot of slang or idioms when I speak English. I don't really know why. I just don't. I never did, even when I was in school and spoke English on a daily basis.

As an English instructor, I am sometimes asked by students about slang phrases they've picked up from a movie they saw or heard from an American friend. I try to help them out as much as I can but sometimes I am completely stumped. The slang that was used when I was a teenager is a lot different from the slang used now.

I often have to look up the newer slang words on the internet. A good number of the slang phrases are NSFW but I tell my student the meaning of the words anyway. I think it is better to  let them use these "vocabulary words" at their discretion.


While researching on slang words for my students, I've stumbled upon a wonderful site called Urban Dictionary This was a lifesaver for me. I'm pretty much able to answer all my students' slang questions very quickly now. It is a wiki type of site where users provide the definitions for the slang, so it is always up to date and it covers even the most obscure of street lingo.  I think the first word I looked up was "chingy."

I subscribe to their RSS feed on Google Reader and receive a new slang word or phrase every day. Today's phrase was "free balding"  It really cracked me up. I've always wondered about these guys who shave their heads and perpetually cover it with a dingy hat. Why don't they just grow hair already?

Photo source:   The Gould Gallery


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2 件のコメント :

  1. You think this is rant? Wait to hear me ranting.

    Anyway, thank you for the article in English. To be honest with you, I have never read any of your articles from top to bottom except for this one. I just read beginning of articles and English parts.

    Once you get used to English, it’s easier to read, because English has a space between words. Japanese doesn’t, so it looks dense and crowed. I don’t even want to proofread articles I write for my own blog.

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  2. Actually, the original title of this article was "Thoughts about Slang." (Check out the url on top of your browser.) But then, the teacher in me thought it would be a good idea to use the word "rant" instead so that some of my readers will want to look it up and actually use it in their own blogs. The word rant is a good way to describe an article that didn't turn out particularly well.

    You know what? I do want to hear your ranting. You should do an English blog too, or even sneak in an English article in your current blog, like I did in mine.

    By the way, I took the liberty of listing your blog on my profile page. Hope that's OK with you.

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