"slang" and "informal" as dict labels [WAS: shirty?]

Mark A Mandel mam at THEWORLD.COM
Sun Feb 16 22:03:54 UTC 2003

On Thu, 13 Feb 2003, Dave Wilton wrote:

#And does slang have to originate in speech? Is there slang in sign language?

Absolutely, sign languages have slang.

#What about texting and internet slang? I guess you could equate all of these
#with speech in that they are ephemeral modes of communication, but "grok" is
#a slang term and that originated in sci-fi literature.

BTW, most of us who read science fiction prefer the abbreviation
"sf"/"SF". Many of us, though by no means all, dislike or even detest
the expression "sci-fi".

-- Mark A. Mandel
   just home, within the hour, from Boskone 40

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