Slang

Language is a virus to quote Laurie Andersen. Slang is a specialized vocabulary and it moves organically between cultural subgroups; from the gay community to the straight world. It moves from the African American community to the broader community as a whole. Like all of language our words evolve, are regional and some even transform. As an example consider the word faggot and its original meaning. Slang is all about inside information, about belonging to a group, community even to a particular social class…