Phat [was Re: gay/ghey/ghay]
JMB at STRADLEY.COM
Wed Jun 2 15:15:31 UTC 2004
I think that the last time around, the majority view, which I found convincing, was that words such as "fuck" were not in fact slang. Consider the AHD4 definition of "slang":
<<NOUN: 1. A kind of language occurring chiefly in casual and playful speech, made up typically of short-lived coinages and figures of speech that are deliberately used in place of standard terms for added raciness, humor, irreverence, or other effect. 2. Language peculiar to a group; argot or jargon: thieves' slang.>>
"Fuck" doesn't really fit either of these definitions, even though AHD4 and other dictionaries do label it as slang.
I do agree with Jonathon that he should consider it within his purview. It is part of "the vulgar tongue," and readers expect to find such terms in a dictionary of slang.
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Subject: Re: Phat [was Re: gay/ghey/ghay]
I also agree that "fuck" is slang, and not pseudo-slang; we've
discussed this before.
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