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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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The Old English slang term "cack-handed" derives from the propensity to use one's left hand to clean oneself after defecation.
They are eager to see what will happen next and to learn new English slang and phrases.
Virajnarianan (Asif Basra), a local eager beaver who plans to parlay the job he's swiping from Todd into a secure arranged marriage but is so unfamiliar with English slang he's no idea what the word "schmuck" means.
Through the introduction of indecipherable graffiti tags--enlarged and repeated to create flashy rhythmic patterns--as well as scribbled words of English slang, fragments of Islamic script, and other ad hoc means of communication imported from the street, politics is brought vigorously into play.
Parts of Lingua Franca seem to have lived on--for example, in Polari, the slang used by homosexuals in 1960s London--before making it into common English slang.
This word that we usually use as a synonym for 'soft' sounds very much like native English slang and would appear to extend from the French-derived English word cushion.
Ms Rowling's definition of muggles comes from the English slang term mug, which means fool.
Their use of English slang well replicates the racy original.
Before that the word was recorded in Tsotsitaal (an argot with an Afrikaans structural base and lexical items from a variety of sources, especially the African languages of the country) and in Indian English slang with the predominant meaning 'white man, overseer, boss, rich man'.