wish I could rant the way Dennis Leary used to on EmpTv. I am not that funny at all. Or like Freaky Deaky in his F**k It Friday posts.. A lot of Brazilians ask about American language slang. My coleague from Sugar Hill always told the students it wasn't good for them to use foul language.
Slang. First test: what is slang? Say a sentence with a word of slang in it to a 60-year-old. If s/he isn't hip, s/he won't get it. Slang words are those used by specific groups. The day they become common place, they become part of the non-slang subset of the language.
Generally slang words come from the Armed Forces, words as SNAFU, for example. Or they come from jailbirds, people who are incarcerated, that is. Slang comes from the people of color. African-Americans have been contributors to the American language non pareil. Words like kewl, California spelling for cool from jazz, fly girl, crib (home.) The list is endless. Then there are the Hispanics, with Spanglish words such as wátchale, meaning keep an eye on x, y, or z. Or trucha, ojo. The trout is a very smart fish in Mexican culture. So, when saying your good-byes you say, ¡Trucha! Is puta slang? Noooo. Most boys and girls know it' the word for sex pros. I can't leave unmentioned teens, I know a woman form the Valley who learned Valleyspeak when young; never got rid of the f'rshure.
And the Jewish segment of our population has made a vast contribution to the American language, with all of those Yiddish expressions.
What I love about American language is its status of non-official language in the USA. We have absorved so many words from all over, it's incredible how our vocabulary keeps on growing like the rabbit in the commercial keeps on running.
Maybe the spoken language in California will be Spanish, do you remember Edward James Olmos in Blade Runner? Instead of moaning and groaning about Spanish, I would be studying it, if I were you. After all, one day you may have to say, "¿Ud. quiere fritas con su coca? Le gustaría hielo?"
And then what. According to the LA Times, your chances to enter the college of your Ivy League dreams are very slim. Till 2009. So, as the song goes, get ready.
Knowing foreign tongues doesn't hurt. Maybe you'll need to wear condoms, see link about HPV virus and oral sex below.
Ah! Speaking of tongues, not speaking in tongues, I have just left a set in Flicker of part of my day yesterday. It's the first time we used a cell phone to take photos. We went to The Lobster. The view of the Santa Monica Pier is awesome. If you click on any of the badges you'll get there. Actually, I want to go to the ocean, like Melina Mercouri in "Never on Sundays."
Even if you are bad MFs SoBs,.FdPs., I forgive you. Tomorrow is the day for mothers of all kinds. I strongly dislike holidays. How about you?