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Slang in AmericaFor hundreds of years English has been continuously changing Words that wereunacceptable 300 years ago are now commonplace English has always had a trademark ofbeing a comfortable language the language of the common people MacNeil 143 Change inthe grammar and diction of a language is natural and English is always confronted withchanges Among them are the use of slang clipped word endings and new dialects SomeConservatives do not like changes because they claim that standard English is a perfectlanguage they do not want to corrupt it Others simply do not like change Neither groupof Conservatives has any new arguments and nothing to fear from changeSlang worries Conservatives the most because it affects the vocabulary of EnglishAmerican English especially is always adding new words to its vocabulary for socialscientific or artistic reasons The scientific and artistic words do not bother thesepeople only the social or slang words do Slang is usually created by children or teenswho seek social status Morrow 137 Because kids are the source of new slang some adultslook down on it with the assumption that kids are unintelligent and simply rebellingagainst established English grammar and diction However most of the adults did the samething when they were children Adults have been frowning on slang for generations Crystal104Conservatives also look down upon slang because slang is not used by people of highstatus If they hear someone speaking in Jive they will be angry because Jive is not theway that high class people speak People who do not like slang are usually prejudiced aswell They do not want to hear other ways of talking because it deviates from the way theytalk Also much slang comes from other languages of which Conservatives might also beprejudiced The dialect that a person uses may make him comfortable but this is notconsidered If a language is not comfortable why would you want to speak itLanguage has always changed to fit the paradigms of society Crystal 105 For
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