American slangs are original, and young people love them. Most American slangs will play on the phonetic aspect of words, using rhyme as a common means to create original new words with vivid imagery. Some examples are, bee’s knees (outstanding people or things), fender-bender (a trifle), etc. The originality in slangs appeals a great deal to young people, who are not afraid of experimenting new words and new rhyme schemes to express themselves and to break away from the usual speech conventions.
Another important feature of American slangs is their conciseness, and this makes almost everyone love slangs. To attain this conciseness, a phonological process called apocope, in which one or more sounds at the end of a word are lost,, resulting in a shorter word, could be used. Examples for this case would be vamp for vampire, t-rex for tyrannosaurus rex, etc. Many slangs could also be created by replacing the original word with a simpler monosyllabic one. Examples of this type include zed for zombie, simp for a stupid person, etc. This feature of slangs is attractive to not only the young, but also some older people as it helps to reduce the length of
As a summary, American slangs see a widespread usage partly thanks to their originality and their conciseness. Seeing this non-discriminatory treatment that American slangs receive, one could not help but wish that all slangs in the world will one day cast off their stigmas, and shine with their own originality and ingenuity.
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Zhou, Y. & Fan, Y. (2013). A Sociolinguistic Study of American Slang. Theory and Practice in Language Studies, 3, pp. 2209-2213
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