Slang is a subject that provokes strong emotions. If you use slang, you run the risk of being judged crass, uneducated, stupid, or hopelessly out of date, but the rewards are great. Used correctly, slang will ease your entry into the social circles you want to mix in, increase your attractiveness to the opposite sex, and even save your life. In these videos, The Life of Slang author Julie Coleman tells us how – and how fast – slang can spread from one side of the globe to another, and gives us 26 ways of saying ‘groovy’.
And while we’re at it, we’d love to hear how you use slang. Take our survey and you could win an Apple iPod and a signed copy of The Life of Slang. Now that’s top banana!
Julie Coleman is Professor of English Language at the University of Leicester. Her research interests lie in the history of the English language, particularly the history of the lexis and the slang and cant dictionary tradition. She has previously published A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries Volumes I-IV and Love, Sex and Marriage: A Historical Thesaurus. Her latest book, The Life of Slang, will publish in March 2012.