Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Is Today's Slang Ruining English?

Or does slang, on the contrary, invigorate our tongue?

Here's your chance to kick around these and other questions this coming Sunday night with slang lexicographer (a.k.a. my fabulous co-host) Grant Barrett. He's doing an online chat at, Anu Garg's site featuring the popular Word-A-Day email newsletter.

Grant will be slingin' slang this Sunday at 3 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. Pacific. More deets here.


Anonymous Mark said...

Fascinating topic. As an avid listener to A Way With Words (love that podcast!), I think I can guess which way Grant would lean on this subject. And, for the record, I agree with him.

7:08 AM  
Blogger Martha said...

Great to hear from you, Mark! And do stop by Grant's chat if you can.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Clint Gardner said...

Well it is interesting that for time in memoriam the notion that the language is going to the dogs has been bandied about by linguists. I've never understood why such folks think language is a static thing that should never change. I suppose it is sad that we can't easily read Chaucer because language has shifted, but to suck the life out of language seems equally sad.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Timber Beast said...

Slang enriches language and, over time, the stuff that wasn't up to snuff becomes fertilizer.

10:09 AM  

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