Slangs in the English Language Essay

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Slangs in the English Language


For hundreds of years, English has been continuously changing.Words that were unacceptable 300 years ago are now commonplace. Englishhas always had a trademark of being a comfortable language, the language ofthe common people (MacNeil 143). Change in the grammar and diction of alanguage is natural, and English is always confronted with changes. Amongthem are the use of slang, clipped word endings, and new dialects. SomeConservatives do not like changes because they claim that standard Englishis a perfect language; they do not want to corrupt it. Others simply donot like change. Neither group of Conservatives has any new arguments,and nothing to fear from change. Slang worries Conservatives
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The dialect that a person uses may make himcomfortable, but this is not considered. If a language is not comfortable,why would you want to speak it? Language has always changed to fit the paradigms of society(Crystal 105). For example, in Shakespeare's time, many contractions usedtoday were considered poor English. Rarely could a person of high socialstatus be found using "don't" in a sentence. Today, however, people mayuse contractions without fear of being scorned by society. This simplyillustrates The same types of people who opposed contractions in the pastare opposing slang and new dialects of English. They do not realize thatthe way they speak differs from the way that their predecessors spoke.People opposed to language change only defend their dialect, which will dieout anyway, and prove their intolerance of change. Language will be thought of differently in the future because newmediums of communication will be used, the largest one being the Internet.Today, many people are using the Internet to "talk" to people all over theworld. The Internet has its own language, which Conservatives view ascomputer slang. No matter what diction or dialect you speak, you stillhave to type out an Internet message in standard Internet. There are wordsused specifically for the Internet, usually acronyms that are universallyunderstood, that will probably appear in dictionaries in the future.Conservatives have no reason to bother with…