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slang

Sociology A specialized lexicon of words that are exclusive or replace other words in function, and tend to have a short life cycle. Cf Dialect, Jargon.
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African American slang employs personification, too, with much the same effect as standard English.
The original interviews were spoken in what he describes as a "thick military-Hebrew" and were rendered into American slang by translator Jacob Press.
Read authored numerous books, (most recently America--Naming the Country and Its People, The Edwin Mellen Press, 2001) and was known as an expert on American place names and British and American slang.
In his preface to the Dictionary of American Slang, Stewart Berg Flexner remarks that the need to use slang terms reflects a need to reject the mainstream, to rebel against the squares, in order to be accepted as an insider.
I thought it sweet that the peaceful "dove" had supplanted the aggressive rooster of American slang.
Columnists include Norm Goblstein, editor of The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual, and Jesse Sheidlower, a lexicographer and project director of the Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang.
Wentworth and Flexner's Dictionary of American Slang lists it (as mayvin).
There is a glossary to aid the reader when the untranslatable peeks through the English (or perhaps Englishes, for the translators manage to find words between the cracks of English and American slang, misfiring only when their choice of equivalents seems either dated or too hip).
Rock 'n' roll was American slang in the Fifties for.
Like the Rebel-Yankee Test, the Slang Generation Checkup is mostly for fun and education," said Andrew Shaffer, chief software architect at alphaDictionary who developed the software for the Checkup, "giving takers a much broader view of American slang.
He was once honoured as the force's longest serving special constable and was nicknamed The Heat - American slang for police - after appearing in a TV sponsorship advert for energy supplier npower.
THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM American Slang New release by the US group championed by superstar Bruce Springsteen.

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