Slang is tip-toeing its way into everyday conversation, it has more of an impact than you might realize.
By Sydney Armstrong
Okay before I even start I am going to properly introduce this–I am going to start writing a column every week about what goes on in the world of teenagers. This week’s topic is fads, but more specifically slang.
The millennial culture is well immersed with fads, it’s crazy, between songs and slogans and even clothing. There is always something to talk about and a new topic is always around the corner. The “Cash Me Outside” girl has everyone rolling on the floor and “Crazy Rap” (a.k.a. “Colt 45”) has everyone on their feet, the Coliseum Crazies even sung it at the Chaparral v Legend game.
Okay, so I’ve never been totally “with the times,” I don’t have a Twitter or Snapchat and I definitely don’t listen to the newest music, but it’s not hard to pick up on small trends. Walking down the halls at school, you’ll hear words and phrases that seem to come up in every conversation.
“Dude, that’s lit,” is probably the most common one that I hear. “Lit” can be, and has been, used to describe just about anything and everything. I have caught myself using it more than I can tolerate, but at this point I think it just rolls off the tongue. You hear it day in and day out, it just becomes part of your vocabulary. Other words, such as, “hella,” “bruh,” and “suh” are sneaking their way into our lives. Have you caught yourself saying any of these? I know I have. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like using them because I don’t think we sound as intelligent.
Now, I’m not saying that people who use slang means you aren’t intelligent, you just come across as less intelligent. Imagine going into a business meeting and using one of these words because you’re so accustomed to them being in conversation. It’s not likely that they are going to want to hire you over someone who uses proper English, even if you are completely qualified. You don’t seem as intelligent or as professional. When you are talking with your friends, sure you are going to get excited and use these words, but personally, I try to steer clear from them.
We also use text slang, a lot. Abbreviating words and phrases to type quicker or to have less typing that you have to do to complete your thought. Abbreviating “really” with “illy” or “though” with “tho,” but I have noticed that it finds it’s way into our verbal communication as well. People, usually girls, say “OMG” versus “Oh my God,” and they sound like (for lack of a better term) a bimbo–empty headed and clueless. I don’t understand why it’s so hard to actually speak correctly, people have been doing it for centuries.
No one wants to sound unintelligent, but I’ve noticed that people don’t make a conscious decision or effort to make a different word choice. I don’t, by any means, want to degrade someone, or a group of people, because of the way they talk. I’m not attacking anyone for their word choice, but I am pointing out the fact that our society dumbs down even the simplest of things, like the English language, as each generation passes. I think we, as a society, dumb it down because we are progressively getting lazier and lazier. There’s a sort of tradition with our language and we are taking something so beautiful that was created solely for us to communicate with each other and degrading it. So don’t say it’s disrespectful for calling you out because you are disrespecting something that assists with the most important tool you will ever have–communication.