slang is mandatory sometimes

David K. Barnhart dbarnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Thu Aug 13 16:02:17 UTC 2009

>.An interesting quotation from Rich Cohen's Israel is Real:


>"Now the Jews have returned their holy idea to the street, where, as is
happening with the >Hebrew language, it has been barbarized and filled with

Slang is not barbarizing, in my humble opinion.  It's the salt, pepper
(including sometimes cayenne) of communication.  Without slang our language
would be dull as dishwater.  Bring on the barbarisms.

Hooray for barbarisms, right Jonathan?



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