How Slang Affects the English Language
You do not refuse a panhandler with the same words you would use to refuse a second helping of mashed potatoes at a formal dinner. One of the main factors which determine which words and structures are appropriate is the degree of formality of the situation in which you are using the language. In CELOP and in academic situations in general, we use a relatively formal set of words and structures.
In this course, we will be examining the specific vocabulary and structures used in less formal situations. What are "Informal Situations"? When and where is Informal English appropriate? The are many situations in everyday life where informal English is allowed, even preferred. Slang is a subset of a language used by one particular group. It consists of words and expressions which will not be found in the dictionary, and can be distortions of existing words or entirely invented terms. It is used in informal situations.
It is not appropriate in formal situations. Slang is used by all kinds of groups of people who share situations or interests. The group which uses these words is always in the minority, and often use slang to set themselves apart or make it difficult for ordinary people to understand them. When a particular new expressions is known and used by a large majority of the population, it is no longer slang, but part of the regular language or usage. Some slang can be used in formal situations, and some of the words that can only be used in informal situations are not slang.
Slang fulfills at least two different functions, depending on whose point of view you take. For the groups that use slang, it is a way to set themselves apart, to express themselves in a distinct and individual way, and sometimes to keep secrets from being known by others. But for the society in general and the development of the language, slang performs another role.
U sus for that one. So tell me how I went to ultabeauty to get some DesixKaty stuff and the security girl was following me around. Was she doing her rounds and it was coincidentally the aisles I was walking? Was I dressed too bummy so I look sus? See Next Word surrender cobra sus swalla swamp ass, ns swang swole.
Where does sus come from? Write Opinions. SOU: Survival of the unfittest. Reverse Darwinian process used for selection of the corporate management. Square peg in a round hole: A corporate dissident Water boarding: the performance review. Wombat " Waste of Money, Brains and Time " : Replacing solution of underlying complex architectural problems by the acquisition of yet another useless expensive "compliance" software tool.
See also Emperor have no clothes.
The underclass of netslaves who are over worked, over educated, underpaid and who live day to day with no health benefits. UBS : "Used to Be Smart" -- former programmer who became system administrator or help desk analyst, or worse, mid-level manager Often former accountant. Wolf pack : Group of managers involved in outsourcing or "downsizing" of IT staff. Wolves are good at attacking the victims as a pack As in warning: "Beware zombies" to the colleague who is way too interested in exploring porno sites during his working hours actually typically Web usage statistics is connected not on PC but corporate WEB proxy level.
Dom Portwood : Hi, Peter. What's happening? We need to talk about your TPS reports. Bob Porter : Don't Peter Gibbons : It's a problem of motivation, all right? Now if I work my ass off and Initech ships a few extra units, I don't see another dime, so where's the motivation? And here's something else, Bob: I have eight different bosses right now. Bob Slydell : I beg your pardon? Peter Gibbons : Eight bosses. Bob Slydell : Eight?
Peter Gibbons : Eight, Bob. So that means that when I make a mistake, I have eight different people coming by to tell me about it. That's my only real motivation is not to be hassled, that and the fear of losing my job.
But you know, Bob, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired. Michael Bolton : PC load letter! What the fuck does that mean? Peter Gibbons : So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it.
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So that means that every single day that you see me, that's on the worst day of my life. Swanson : What about today? Is today the worst day of your life? Swanson : Wow, that's messed up. Bob Porter : Looks like you've been missing a lot of work lately. Bob Porter : We're gonna be getting rid of these people here First, Mr. Samir Naga Not gonna work here anymore, anyway.
Joanna : So, where do you work, Peter? Peter Gibbons : Initech. Joanna : In Peter Gibbons : I sit in a cubicle and I update bank software for the switch. Joanna : What's that? Peter Gibbons : Well see, they wrote all this bank software, and, uh, to save space, they used two digits for the date instead of four.
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So, like, 98 instead of ? Uh, so I go through these thousands of lines of code and, uh I uh, I don't like my job, and, uh, I don't think I'm gonna go anymore. Joanna : You're just not gonna go? Joanna : Won't you get fired? Peter Gibbons : I don't know, but I really don't like it, and, uh, I'm not gonna go. Joanna : So you're gonna quit?
Peter Gibbons : Nuh-uh. Not really. I'm just gonna stop going. Tom Smykowski : Well-well look. I already told you: I deal with the god damn customers so the engineers don't have to.
2. Bae: Babe / Before Anyone Else
I have people skills; I am good at dealing with people. Can't you understand that? What the hell is wrong with you people?
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Milton Waddams : Excuse me, I believe you have my stapler Bob Slydell : You see, what we're actually trying to do here is, we're trying to get a feel for how people spend their day at work Bob Slydell : Great. Peter Gibbons : Well, I generally come in at least fifteen minutes late, ah, I use the side door - that way Lumbergh can't see me, heh heh - and, uh, after that I just sorta space out for about an hour.
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Peter Gibbons : Yeah, I just stare at my desk; but it looks like I'm working. I do that for probably another hour after lunch, too. I'd say in a given week I probably only do about fifteen minutes of real, actual, work. Joanna : You know what, Stan, if you want me to wear 37 pieces of flair, like your pretty boy over there, Brian, why don't you just make the minimum 37 pieces of flair? Stan, Chotchkie's Manager : Well, I thought I remembered you saying that you wanted to express yourself.
Joanna : Yeah. You know what, yeah, I do.
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