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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 trail starts with class relations of the old Cape and the Afrikaans working-class codes of people of colour; it then proceeds north to the Witwatersrand and is absorbed into the predominantly black forms of township slang and antilanguage (Flytaal, Tsotsitaal, Isicamtho); it then takes a turn to the coast of Natal and is assimilated into the slang of male adolescents, and working class slang, notably (but not exclusively) into Indian English slang.
HDAS lists virtually every word of English slang used in the U.
The origins of the word "tiffin" are derived from the Indian English slang "tiffing," which translates to taking a little drink or sip.
Rounding off his English slang reportoire, he then quipped: "I'm confident we're going to keep the relationship top notch.
Unfortunately, judging by Tony Thorne's book of English slang words, our fundamental character is a bit dodgy, or not as "nice" as we think we are.
The Flemish word 'schtroumpf (smurf) is comparable to the English slang word 'whatchamacallit'.
It is English slang for a hard worker who puts in long hours of arduous, physical labour.