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The True Meaning of the American Slang Word Ratchets

- The word Ratchet has become an American slang word that has the younger generations incorporating the word into their daily vocabulary. The word has been heard in songs used mainly in rap. Ratchet is often referred to as women acting ghetto, or sloppy; however, there is no correct term for the word. When doing a search for the word, many definitions appear, most having the similar meaning. According to Webster’s dictionary, the official definition a device made up of a wheel or bar with many teeth along its edge in between which a piece fits so that the wheel or bar can move only in one direction .Yet, the term is still a word that people are trying to determine the meaning....   [tags: ratchets, slang, vocabulary]

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Analysis Of ' The Case Against Slang ' By Milton Millhauser

- David A. Fein and Milton Millhauser have both written articles pertaining to the topic of slang. Fein and Millhauser provide two different viewpoints, and they employ information and their opinions in different ways. David A. Fein’s article, “Vulgarity by Teaching Slang in the Classroom”, makes a good argument as to why slang should be utilized in teaching, while Milton Millhauser’s article, “The Case Against Slang”, explains that slang is to be avoided in teaching, but fails to provide a good argument for his claim....   [tags: Logic, Argument, Slang, Argumentation theory]

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The Slang Of Black Slang

- First of all, let me throw out a few facts for you: 1) Making fun of people’s slang/pronunciation and perceived “ghetto names” is really low, because white Americans say words incorrectly all of the time and use slang that upper class British people find unintelligent as well, due to the fact that white societies often demonize and demean the everyday slang of ethnic people without acknowledging the incorrect slang of the white people who live in the country. All Americans are prone to pronounce words like “arctic” as “artic,” “athlete” as “ath-e-lete,” or “clothes” as “close,”, etc....   [tags: White people, Black people, Race, United Kingdom]

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Use Of Slang And Incorrect Grammar

- When I first met Jay, his English seemed perfect. He has only lived in the United States for about 10 months, but he studied English in his home country of Yemen once he started college. He also worked with the American Embassy for several years so as expected, his English was very understandable. He only had a few problems with pronunciation and he had a huge problem with understanding slang. His biggest fear was that, although, people generally understood him, he could not understand us. We talk way too fast and we, more often than not, use slang and incorrect grammar structure in most of our conversations....   [tags: Understanding, Knowledge, Comprehension]

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Military Language; Slang and Jargon

- The use of military jargon, as it maybe unknown to the civilian also known as the non-military individual, actually aides in the bonding of service members, as the jargon and slang differ from each branch. Military, for all intensive purposes, throughout this essay, is referring to armed forces. Have you ever wondered why the people in military speak differently. Have you ever considered why many military members speak the way they do. As each branch of the armed forces has its own unique language, A brief description of their similarities and differences for the US Navy, US Air Force and US Army....   [tags: service member, U.S. army, Navy]

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The Use of the Slang in America

- What does slang mean. If you look in a dictionary you will find the meaning of "Slang" which is " very informal in vocabulary and idiom that is characteristically more metaphorical, playfull, elliptical, vivid, and ephemeral than ordinary language." Slang can be found in everywhere around the world because it is part of the colloquial language that people use everyday, the expressions that you use to communicate with others. Have you ever asked to your self if foreign people understand what you say when you use slang during your conversation or why we add these expressions to our vocabulary....   [tags: Personal Essays]

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The Evolution of American Slang Over the Last Century

- Slang is one of the most interesting parts of any language. In America, every generation has its own slang. Merrium-Webster defines slang as words that are not considered part of the standard vocabulary of a language and that are used very informally in speech especially by a particular group of people (Merrium-Webster). American Standard English has many slang words and phrases that have developed over the last century. Where does slang come from. Slang tends to originate in the subcultures of a society....   [tags: language, generation, standard vocabulary]

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The Wrong Turn down Slang Hollows Lane

- Arissa, a British poet, had gotten into deep trouble; one wrong turn down the road and she would have to accept the fact that death was approaching her, very soon. This is her story. As Arissa and Nicholas, Arrissa’s younger brother, a mechanic, were headed on their way home after a late night party, they were about to encounter a real thrill, their last one. While they drove, Arissa had a sense that something dreadful was going to happen. As they went down the empty- deserted highway it started to rain quite heavily....   [tags: fictional short story, suspense]

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Dialects, Idoims, Slang, and Pronuciation of the American Language

- ... Dialect, on the other hand, points to a different way of perceiving the dominant language, and is not a difference in diction. (Celine.) Everyone has some form of dialect. Dialects differ in different parts of the country. There are even minor differences in dialects in different parts of the same state. Dialects differ depending on cultures. People sometimes make assumptions or stereotype someone because of their dialect. People in the North and South have the most distinct dialects. People also pick up the speech used by their family....   [tags: education, age, gener, ehtnicity, soical]

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Sexual Dancers, Slang, and Cheap Junk Food

- In 2009, Burger King unleashed a new commercial for its collection of bizarre fast food advertisements. Before this one, most of their sexually appealing takes were intended for an older audience. The “Spongebob Got Back” commercial, however, advertised the 99 cent kids’ meal. The commercial aired on television has a longer version on YouTube. It begins with the screen centered on the burger king, with three females behind him in brown shorts, a white shirt, and socks to match Spongebob’s attire....   [tags: Gender Discrimination, Advertising]

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Slang: My Social Dialect

- Slang: My Social Dialect From the student: In Writing Studio 205, we focused on the rhetoric of discourse communities. For this particular assignment, we were asked to discuss a discourse community that we are a part of, and its effect on people outside of that community. I decided to use my experiences growing up in New York City as my focal point. In all my writings, I tend to reflect on my experiences to enrich and personalize texts. From the teacher: In her essay, Kimberlea begins by analyzing her social dialect but broadens her essay to address the larger implications of Black English in American culture....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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African American Slang

- African American Slang African American Slang has had many other names: Ebonics, Jive, Black English, and more. The Oxford English Dictionary defines slang (in reference to language) in three different ways: 1) the special vocabulary used by any set of persons of a low or disreputable character; language of a low and vulgar type 2) the special vocabulary or phraseology of a particular calling or profession; the cant or jargon of a certain class or period 3) language of a highly colloquial type, considered as below the level of standard educated speech, and consisting either of new words or of current words employed in some special sense....   [tags: Communication Language Essays]

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Etymology and Analysis of the Word Burn

- Words have so many different meanings. Just pick up a dictionary to discover the many different meanings of the same word. Have you ever wondered where the meaning of the word originated. Maybe you have asked what a word means when another has used it out of context. How did one word come to mean so many different things. This paper will allow me to explore the definition of burn and where it originated. I will also discover how it has changed over the years and what the definition is today. Slang is the key reason words take on new meaning....   [tags: language, slang]

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Ebonics Versus Academic English- The Importance of Language in Achieving Success

- English has been a very constant, yet complicated issue throughout my life. If you were to ask me, I would say that I am bilingual. Although this may not be true, I was forced to learn two forms of English, and expected to know when and where to use each dialect. Ebonics, which I would consider a language for the streets, was essential to know in order to function and survive in my neighborhood. While on the other hand, a more proper and eloquent form of academic English was also instilled in me from a very young age....   [tags: communication, slang]

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The Slang Langue Empowered By Online And The Media Badly Effects On Student Writing

- The author talks about how Many individuals will agree that the slang langue empowered by online and the media badly effects on student writing. He mentions how his students analyze great written work and examine the impact of word decision and rich grammar on a crowd of people 's perusing background however at most they don 't care to express their genuine feeling and share friendly confirmations of dispassionate love to each other that they wouldn 't feel as good partaking face to face. He talks about the different between males and females how they like to speak up and confront the problems but, male students are usually encouraged to be silent, contained, and not reveal emotions....   [tags: Facebook, Twitter, Social network service]

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Comparing and Contrasting If Black English Isn't a Language Tell Me What Is with Mother Tongue by Baldwin and Tan

- In the essay if Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me, What is. by James Baldwin and Mother Tongue by Amy Tan both shows idea of uses of slang and language in different context. In the essay if Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me, What is. Baldwin states that how language has changed and evolved overtime, Baldwin describes how black English were used as white English, in civil rights movement where blacks were treated as slaves and the used slang language to communicate so that the whites won’t understand....   [tags: slang, culture, adaptation]

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Using Grammarly And Dropbox And Its Impact On Academic Integrity

- description of your experience of using Grammarly and Turnitin and share at least one insight you gained about paraphrasing and avoiding plagiarism as a matter of academic integrity. Recommend at least one other online resource that supports scholarly writing, and explain your rationale. Lastly, share two APA formatting rules with the class and a specific page number in the APA manual where this rule can be located. I obtained my BSN degree through an online program and when I decided to pursue the online degree for my MSN I figured it would be very similar....   [tags: Management, Communication, Slang]

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Analysing the Examination of Mary Roberts about Language

- I will be analysing The Examination of Mary Roberts (1613) with the purpose of analysing who used Cant and if it was a language or jargon. By the word jargon, I mean language, which is not official but is commonly used, also known as ‘slang’. The Examination of Mary Roberts which shows how Cant might have actually been used whereas Dekker’s piece The Vpright Cofe Canteth to the roague shows prejudice to Cant. The Act of Union (1536) stated that the English language was to be used for law and religion....   [tags: cant, slang, jargon]

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Social Networking 's Effect On Society

- Social Networking’s Effect on Society Social networking sites have been a great step forward in our society in connecting people of similar interests and forming relationships through the internet. Social networking started with chat rooms where people could create an account and chat with people across the country and even the world. Until recently these chat rooms were the main idea of social networking. A few social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have exploded and become the mainstream means for social interaction online....   [tags: Sociology, Communication, Slang, Internet]

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Presictivism And Prescriptivism Essay

- Kamryn Mason ENG 111 Dr. Elizabeth Steere 26 October 2017 The Controversy Between Descriptivism and Prescriptivism Mankind's diverse cultures, individual beliefs, and various opinions are extraordinary and, I believe, underappreciated. However, with contrasting opinions comes serious debate. One of many controversial debates in today's society is between two groups known as descriptivists and prescriptivists. "Descriptive grammarians ask the question, 'What is English (or another language) like--what are its forms and how do they function in various situations?' By contrast, prescriptive grammarians ask 'What should English be like--what forms should people use and what functions should th...   [tags: English language, Dialect, Slang, Grammar]

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Normalcy: The New Slang

- The "Roaring Twenties" were a turbulent time in American history. The United States had just returned from the carnage of World War I and was ready to revolutionize their ideas, morals, and most importantly, their presidents. The presidential election of 1920 was a particularly integral election due to the introduction of the right of women to vote and America's social & political unrest. Warren G. Harding, a Republican, defeated Democrat James M. Cox, on a platform that urged Americans to "return to normalcy"....   [tags: American History]

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Social Media And Its Effects On Social Life

- The identity you put online is who you aspire to be; the idea of forming a new identity for yourself has addictive qualities. People create an avatar, which is essentially a fictional, online persona. There are many different programs, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Second Life, where individuals can create their ideal selves through avatars. That persona can be manipulated within the different programs to provide the perception of the social life, physical appearance, and economic status one has always wanted but feels they cannot obtain....   [tags: Twitter, Social media, Internet slang]

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The Story Of Miss Elizabeth Lewis

- I leaned my elbows on the dried wood railing on the small balcony of our second floor hotel room and sighed. The dark night did nothing to hide a woman’s cries coming from the room next door. I should have been sound asleep hours ago, blissfully unaware at this time of night, except I was restless and worried. Soon I would no longer be Miss Elizabeth Lewis. No, in two short days I would meet my new husband, Mr. Samuel Jenkins, and pray that he looked upon me with favor. A bit of desire would be nice as well....   [tags: Fuck, Profanity, Sexual slang, Begging]

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Slangs in the English Language

- Slangs in the English Language For hundreds of years, English has been continuously changing.Words that were unacceptable 300 years ago are now commonplace. Englishhas always had a trademark of being a comfortable language, the language ofthe common people (MacNeil 143). Change in the grammar and diction of alanguage is natural, and English is always confronted with changes. Amongthem are the use of slang, clipped word endings, and new dialects. SomeConservatives do not like changes because they claim that standard Englishis a perfect language; they do not want to corrupt it....   [tags: Papers]

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Exploring the Origin of the Term "Heebie-Jeebies"

- The origin and birth place of the term “heebie-jeebies” is surprisingly a comic strip. However, the term did not start out spelled the same way it is now, instead of “heebie-jeebies” it was once spelled, “heeby jeebys”. Cartoonist Morgan “Billy” de Beck used the term in one of his cartoons featured in the New York American. Morgan’s cartoon character uttered, “You dumb ox - why don't you get that stupid look offa your pan - you gimme the heeby jeebys!” (New York American, 26th October, 1923) Soon after its appearance “heebie-jeebies” began to spread throughout the nation and even the world....   [tags: language]

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The Slaughter of the English Language

- In George Orwell’s essay “Politics of the English Language”, Orwell argues that the English language is in ruins. What is to blame for the collapse of the English language. The answer simply lies within technology. Technology in many ways has a adverse effect on the English language. Young kids are now allowed to carry cell phones with texting being their main source of communication. Often times these kids butcher the English language through their text messages. They use improper grammar and often times do not punctuate at all....   [tags: Collapse of the English Language ]

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Problems of Using Social Networks

- In today’s society, billions of people across the world are accessing the Internet multiple times a day. Many people have the Internet on their smart phones, and with the touch of a button can check their email, Facebook, Twitter, their bank account balance, movie times, GPS, Instagram, or anything else online. Most of these things take up large amounts of time from people’s lives. Whether it is a child at school or an adult at work, they are all a member of some sort of social network and check it often....   [tags: lazy, overweight, less productive, anti-social]

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Language in the US

- The United States has immigrants from all over the world, especially from Spanish speaking countries in Latin America. Central and South America share a magnificent cultural background where they have different kinds of festivals all year round and admirable savory dishes such as rice and beans. They also share several cultural dances within their countries like Salsa and Merengue. Although they enjoy their festive events, they also seek rewarding lives with economic advantages and hopes of being successful....   [tags: Latin Community, Progression]

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Language as Connectivity in a Group

- Language is a crucial part of how people in a group show their solidarity to each other. Discuss Through the use of language, each member of a group is able to construct and reflect their identity. Through the language features present in slang and jargon, users are able to communicate their social identity and group belonging. They are also able to portray their cultural heritage and background through ethnolect varieties of English. Language plays a crucial part in enabling the speaker to communicate belonging to a specific social group, reinforcing solidarity....   [tags: Language]

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The Miscommunication Gap By Susan Washburn

- Words are a powerful tool of communication ,if used well words can build a relationship but also if they are not used well they can lead into misunderstandings and sometimes cause harm to the relationships. The use of language in communication allows people to relate to each other or argue about a matter that could have been brought and this can happened unexpectedly or unexpectedly .It is important to be aware of the effect of language so that we can use it the best way we can to the best effect ....   [tags: Language, Word, Formal system, Communication]

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Does Texting Have a Negative Influence on Written Language?

- ... Furthermore, in text 1, the conversation starts with a simple "wuu2”/what you up to which suggest that the two teenagers are close friends. “Wuu2” is a mixture of number homophone and compressed language. This shows the variety of abbreviations teenagers use while texting. In text 2, it’s obvious that this conversation is different to teenager’s conversation. This is because the conversation between the two adults is much more formal and uses no slang and abbreviations. In text 2, the adults do not use slang, they do not shorten words and they do not try to reduce words to save money....   [tags: communication, text messages, emoticons]

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Language and Class: A Glossary of Sociolinguistics by Trudgill

- In order to study the oldest version of language of a country, scientists typically use a NORM to determine what exactly this variant is for a specific location. The NORM is a non-mobile, older, male from the countryside, or a rural area, to fit the acronym. However, the language variants of the NORMs all over a country are definitely not the standard. Great differences in speech can seen in opposing social classes, age groups, living areas and sexes, whereas the Joe Average is just a middle class, city dwelling male and not the answer to all linguistic questions....   [tags: rural communities, NORM, social classes]

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1984, a Possible Reality or Dystopian Absurdity

- Society has made technological advances all in the name of security and convenience, but have these advances threatened our freedom and intelligence. In George Orwell’s 1984, the Party has control over all information and uses its telescreens to spy on party members. Also in 1984, Newspeak was created to limit language and in essence limit thinking. In many instances our technology and psychological methods in the 21st century are used similarly to the technology and methods used in the novel 1984....   [tags: George Orwell, NSA]

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How Language Can Bring People Together?

- Language can bring people together but can also isolate. The United States is known as a melting pot, not only does that refer to culture but also the many different languages. We know of language barriers, but very seldom do we think of the language barriers within our borders. Even with the language barriers it solidifies the need for a national language, the United States of America should allow the freedom to express one’s culture while maintaining English as our national language, therefore offering common ground to its citizens....   [tags: Spanish language, United States, English language]

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Cocain and amphetamines are Addictive and Dangerous

- ... 122). The other form of cocaine is crack. The process of obtaining crack is done by separating the hydrochloride salt from the cocaine base which forms a hard rock like substance which is known as crack. When it pertains to freebasing, the street cocaine is mixed with a highly inflammable chemical known as ether. Crack is considered to be very “potent,” “cheap,” and “affordable,” especially amongst black African Americans (Drug use and abuse, 2011, p. 122). According to table 6.1 in the text, a list is given with amphetamines along with their brand names and slang terms (Drug use and abuse, 2011, p....   [tags: hydrochloride, drugs, freebase, ]

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Critical Thinking And The Digital Age

- With the invention of the internet in the late 1960’s and the digital computer in the 1970’s, the digital age officially began, causing a ripple effect in the English language that few could have predicted. The digital age has since produced improved technology, faster communication between people, and slang and short hand that is shared more easily between the people of the world. Along with the digital age came a change in the way people perceived writing, their attention span, and the forums they used to share their thoughts....   [tags: Critical thinking, Thought, Reasoning, Internet]

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Mark Twain 's ' The Notorious Jumping Frog Of Calaveras County ``

- Twain’s Sense of Humour With Twain’s style of complexity in characterization and sophisticated narrative structure, Mark Twain’s “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” was one of the best works that he had ever written. Mark Twain’s, “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” is about a man by the name of Jim Smiley was a man who would bet on anything. Smiley made a frog his pet and bets a stranger that his frog, Dan’l Webster, could jump higher than any frog. When Smiley was distracted, the stranger filled Dan’l Webster with lead, resulting in Smiley losing the bet....   [tags: Comedy, Irony, Humor, Humour]

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The Banning of Texts Such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

- There are many people, groups, or organizations that crave power and will do whatever it takes to get it. Some of these consist of governments, religious leaders, and other authoritative figures. They will go to great lengths of censoring and even banning things that will threaten their power. These things are banned or challenged due to the fact that these figures do not approve of their content. One of the most common things banned and or challenged is that of written text. One such text is, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn....   [tags: censorship, adventures of huckleberry finn]

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Computer Mediated Communication : An Important Aspect Of Our Life

- Introduction: Computer mediated communication is an important aspect of our life that we use on a daily basis. You ask, what is computer mediated communication. Computer mediated communication is a form of communication that is done by an individual or individuals, with the use of an electronic device of some sort (smartphone or computer). The way we use this form of communication is through Facebook, Twitter, email, texting, and video chatting. We use our computers and phones to stay in touch with people, but computer mediated communication has drastically changed the way we communicate and connect with people....   [tags: Nonverbal communication, Communication, Leet]

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The Cowboy Language of the Western Genre

- When people hear the phrase “Howdy, Partner!” they often will associate that phrase with the sublime Western genre. Along with similar settings and themes in all writings of the Western genre, there is also a similar language that stories share. Common themes of the stories include remote western American towns with the cattle culture, plots with a simple hero versus villain conflict, or a protagonist’s encounters with different cultures like the Indians or Mormons. These heroes often will have to “rid the community of savage forces (generally Indians or outlaws) to make way for the ineluctable coming of civilization” (Levinson)....   [tags: western genre, gender genre]

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Language : Language Is All Relative

- Language Language throughout the years has adapted and changed according to trends and current events. It’s always different and always changing. This raises the question, is there a correct way to speak. I think not. Language is all relative. Over the years certain words may start to mean different things. For example, the word “gay” during my grandpa’s teenage years meant something totally different than how it’s used currently. Although it’s still a word and used frequently, over the years the meaning started adapting to present day situations....   [tags: Writing, High school, Diary, Linguistics]

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The Declaration Of Language

- When, in the course of human language, it becomes necessary for people to create or redefine, words or phrases to express an object or an action; and to assume, among society, the acceptance and usage of these words and their definitions, in one’s own language, or idiolect. A decent respect to the opinions of mankind, requires that Americans should recognize slang adopted into language. We hold these truths to be self-evident: that language is expression of thought, in the form of speech or written symbols, that have agreed-upon meanings....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Language Change in Humor Magazines

- A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y. I love the vowels. And the consonants… Europe, Asia, I think Gilligan’s Island was one of them. – Frank Caliendo impersonating George Bush Language is our gateway to understanding the world around us, but it is always evolving; the words we use everyday are constantly changing. Since the mid 20th century, some terms common to that time have either dropped off or have evolved to mean something different than its original intent. However, language that is used for a different areas evolve in different ways....   [tags: Language ]

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Free Essays - Holden and Modern Teenagers

- The Catcher in the Rye - Holden and Modern Teenagers The characteristics of Holden from the book The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, will be compared to the "modern teenager". The characteristics of both sets of teenagers are basically similar, but in some parts, they are different. I chose myself as the modern teenager to be compared to Holden. There will be four major subjects to be talked about in the essay. The main subjects that are going to be discussed in this essay are academics, family, experiences and slang....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays]

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Sucks and Blows

- In popular culture words are often taken out of context to mean something other than what you will read in a dictionary, commonly referred to as slang. Classic examples of this throughout recent history is the word “bad” meaning good, or “sucks” implying bad, or “blows” also, oddly enough meaning bad. If it is not already evident slang almost never makes any matter of the original meaning of a word. One of the newest editions to the dictionary of slang can be heard walking down the hall of any school, college, or university....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Analysis Of The Article ' Authority And American Usage ' By David Foster Wallace

- There are over six thousand languages spoken around the world. In the United States, where we speak primarily English, there are over one million words however only around six hundred thousand words are included in the dictionary. The other four hundred thousand are considered slang or variations. The English language obviously has evolved and expanded over the last fourteen hundred years of its life, however, what effect does this have and where do we draw the line. The English language and usage affect our educational system and social inclusion....   [tags: English language, Dialect, United States]

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Reflecting on Literature and Community in "The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara

- When people tell stories they tend to be about what they know. One thing that most people know is the environment around them. They pick up habits from their family, friends, and neighbors. They begin to talk like them using dialect and slang inherent to their region. Also, it is not uncommon for people to write about a fictional community that is based from their own community. As community affects how we write, writing can also affect the community. In other words, communities influence authors of literature and literature can also influence communities....   [tags: community, literature, language, Lesson, Toni Cade]

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Alice Walker 's Good Country People And Everyday Use

- When looking into works of literature, some stories seem to be similar to others. They can have a similar setting, point of view, theme, or sense of language and style. However, all of these points could be very different as well and could cover different theme or style. Flannery O’Conner’s “Good Country People” and Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” have some contrasting elements, such as their points of view and use of symbolism, but their similarities in the underlying theme, language, and the setting of these stories reveal how these two stories are impacted by education on both the individual and their family....   [tags: Education, Change, Higher education, Difference]

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Analysis Of ' Of Mice And Men '

- “Of mice and men ” was written during a time of great need and desperation. The Great Depression compelled the people of the 1930s to do anything they had to do to be able to survive. The 1930s was not an easy era to live through, work was hard to find, jobs hard to keep and families harder to keep together due to the lack of work in places people lived. The actions that were the people of the 1930s could be considered courageous and or horrifying, many people now might look down on the way most people lived their lives....   [tags: Great Depression, 1930s, John Steinbeck]

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Social Media And Its Effects On Students

- The fastest-growing and most widely-adopted of the Internet-based technologies with young people, students have been using social media to record their lives. They tend to share pictures and their emotion at that moment on SNS, such as Weibo and QQ. Some of they enjoy chatting with people on those social media that can help them to make more friends. Because of that, Facebook and Instagram are being the most popular online social media for Chinese students, especially for those who are in foreign universities and don’t have many friends....   [tags: Social network service, Facebook, Student]

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Anime Is A Popular Type Of Entertainment

- Anime is a popular type of entertainment, primarily watched during one’s freetime that was originally created by the Japanese. Its origin stems back to World War II in which cartoonists and artists were enlisted in order to utilize art as a form of propaganda to rally their nation together against its enemies (novaonline.com). As World War II ended, propaganda was no longer necessary and cartoonists soon introduced a new form of entertainment that is now known as anime. Around the 1980s and 1990s is when anime began to flourish, becoming significantly well-known in America....   [tags: Anime, Dubbing, Western culture, Western world]

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The Inspiring Rhyme of Gwendolyn Brooks

- In “We Real Cool,” by Gwendolyn Brooks, one can almost visualize a cool cat snapping his fingers to the beat, while she is reading this hip poem. Her powerful poem uses only a few descriptive words to conjure up a gang of rebellious teens. Brooks employs a modern approach to the English language and her choice of slang creates a powerful jazz mood. All of the lines are very short and the sound on each stop really pops. Brooks uses a few rhymes to craft an effective sound and image of the life she perceives....   [tags: Literary Analysis, We Real Cool]

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A Positive Outlook For Social Media

- Continuous sharing has led to a need to quickly formulate a thought and send it out, grammatical errors and all. This is an issue that has gone on since the start of being able to send messages via online and through text messaging. I’ve come across three authors who share similar and different mindsets when it comes to texting and abbreviated communication. Some of these views offer a positive outlook for social media; they look at social networking sites and think how easily accessible it is to share and love the quickness of it....   [tags: Twitter, Social network service, Facebook]

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The Power of Words

- The power words have is oftentimes underestimated and as a result the world people live in is drastically altered. Words have been used since the invention and implementation of language to stir and move people. From dictators to liberators and revolutionaries words have been used to make points and give visuals to ideals of particular groups. When an African-American person is referred to as a “negro” or a white person is referred to as a “cracker” those words may be imbedded in the minds of younger people who overhear them....   [tags: Language]

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Facebook, A Social Network

- Ea talked about Facebook, a social network, and claimed that it was an “anti social network”. Though the emergence of social network disturbed our physical social contact, it did bring us a new way to know more people and a new vision to see the world. It’s hard for people to imagine a girl living in the U.S. for 30 years can make friends with a boy living in Japan. Even though they have never seen each other before, they can still acquire personal information and see photos posted by each other through Facebook or other social networking software....   [tags: Instant messaging, Social network service]

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Do You Speak American?

- How are culture and language linked. Some might say that language is one thing in people’s lives that is always constant, but that is not true. Culture changes over time, for example, people in the 50s didn’t use many of the slang words we do today and they didn’t have words for most of the technology we have today either. It’s important to understand that this does not mean that the words we use today aren’t valid, because they do mean something to us. Often linguists try to define standard English but the people who speak English are so diverse that it is almost impossible....   [tags: English language, Dialect]

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Use of Language in A Clockwork Orange

- Examination of the Use of Language in “A Clockwork Orange” The created patch-work language of Nadsat in the novel, A Clockwork Orange, satirizes the social classes and gang life of Anthony Burgess’s futuristic society. The most prominent of these tools being his use of a completely new language and the depiction of family life from the eyes of a fifteen year old English hoodlum. Burgess effectively broke arcane traditions when he wrote A Clockwork Orange by blending two forms of effective speech into the vocabulary of the narrator and protagonist, Alex....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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English is so, like...ummm...the shit

- There is a nutria loose in the Enlgish language and it is rapidly devouring words and phrases. The corrosive usage of slang is deteriorating proper, or standard forms of English. What most consider to be a passing fad has been evident for as long as the English language. Change in the grammar and diction of a language is natural, and English is always confronted with changes. However, at some point speech mutated due to a metastratizing principle in which the most annoying words in the language colonize the host organism's brain and bully out less adaptable words which eventually fade into oblivion....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Sexism in Music

- How do we choose the music that we listen to. We could be affected by the music itself, the lyrics could touch us on a personal level, or we may have a predisposition to a certain genre of music due to the geographic area we live in. Our background and upbringing can even play a role in our musical choices. However we come to that ultimate decision, how many of us actually pay close attention to the language used in the songs that we like. Could it be that some of our favorite artists or compositions actually contain language that can be considered sexist or harmful....   [tags: Music, argumentative, persuasive]

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Everyday Use: Alice Walker’s Writing Style and How It Helps Tell the Story

- By looking at the last couple pages of Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use,” the reader can determine a certain style Walker uses to tell the story of a culture gap between an African American family. By using slang and incorrect word usage with Mama and proper, almost eloquent English with Dee, Walker is able to paint the perfect picture of how truly different the mother and daughter are. Also, Walker alternates between simple, often incomplete sentences with incorrect run-on sentences to depict Mama’s lack of proper education....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism]

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Contrasting Cultures in Tan's Mother Tongue and Nguyen's The Happy Days Syndrome

- The teenage years and transition to adulthood is in itself a very difficult period. Blending or fitting in are omnipresent issues that must be dealt with. For children of immigrants, this difficulty is only intensified through language. Both Amy Tan and Khang Nguyen strategically use narrative anecdotes and employ several rhetorical devices to illustrate this struggle in their works, “Mother Tongue” and “The Happy Days,” respectfully. Amy Tan chooses her childhood home as the primary setting of her work....   [tags: compare, contrast]

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English Is A Language Spoken By Millions Of People Around The World

- English is a language spoken by millions of people around the world. According to the Ethnologue, a comprehensive reference for the languages around the world, native speakers alone number over 335 million (Lewis). This is of course excluding all the second-language speakers of English around the world. Yet, despite this, English is the only language in the top 5 largest languages which has no official body, and one of only 2 in the top ten, the other being Lahnda spoken in Pakistan (Lewis). In case the reader is unaware to what I 'm referring to, an official body is an official organization that has the authority to say what a language is, and often what it should be....   [tags: English language, Linguistics, Dialect]

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The Political Opinion and Behavior of Adolescents and/or Immigrants

- Subject: the political opinion and behavior of the adolescents and/or immigrants Aim: understand how the political internet memes being non traditional forms of political participation, are able to express and influence the political opinion of voters. Background New social media are tools that allow us to reduce the price of the individual participation of discussion and action in political life, as well as strengthen the capacity of feedback. They do this by facilitating the transition from private to public segment of the information space....   [tags: political participation, social media]

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An Inquiry into the Dilemma of the Turkish Language

- ... The Turkish Language Association’s main mission is adopting the new alphabet, to find new corresponding words instead of Ottoman words and make research about history of the Turkish language. The Sun Language Theory was a nationalist, patriotic outcome of this period. On the contrary, Ahıska and Yenal emphasize that “certain foreign words that entered the language to replace banned Ottoman terms gradually caught on.” (44) We can deduce from that the Turkish language found other alternative pathways instead of refining the Ottoman words....   [tags: culture, industrialization, speak]

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Analysis Of The Movie ' The Shawshank Redemption '

- In the media, prisons have always been depicted as a horrible place. The film, The Shawshank Redemption, is a prime example that supports the media 's suggestions about prison life. In the film we are familiarized with Andy Dufresne, who is a banker that is wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife and her lover. While trying to both remain discreet and find his prison identity, he assists Ellis Boyd 'Red ' Redding, a peddler, and Brooks Hatlen. In his attempt to fit into the rough prison subculture, Andy strategically starts a business relationship with the captain Captain Bryon Hadley and Samuel Norton....   [tags: The Shawshank Redemption, Morgan Freeman]

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Does Texting Have An Effect On Students Writing Skills?

- Does texting have an effect on students writing skills. In this era, communicating via text is a huge part of a student’s life. As I walk around on campus, I observe everyone holding a cell phone if not texting/communicating on it. For the most part, its irritating to see someone engulfed so much into his/her phone to the point of accidentally bumping into someone else, crossing the street without looking, and even students while in class, have the audacity to utilize his/her phone texting whomever in the presence of the educator....   [tags: Writing, Mobile phone, Communication]

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Positive and Negative Effects of Technology on Communication

- ... An individual who is at work and wants to communicate with a friend may find writing an email or sending a text message more convenient than making a phone call to schedule a meeting. Although technology has helped people in the way they communicate, it has nevertheless its negative effects on the content, patterns, outcomes, and organizational structure (Barker & Angelopulo 2006). The use of electronic media has hindered communication socially and emotionally that is the result from the absence of traditional attributes inherent in conversations such as facial expression (Loos, Haddon & Mante-Meijer 2008), body language, and tone of voice (Barker & Angelopulo 2006)....   [tags: time, space, internet, tools]

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`` Undocumented Immigrant `` By Jose Antonio Vargas

- A hero is someone who invests their time helping others rather than themselves. They are always conscious of their surroundings and environment. Heroes help their enemies and friends regardless of the circumstances. A hero is also someone who is humble and knows when to be protective of others and themselves. Heroes are people who acknowledge flaws, and fix mistakes, those were my own definition of a hero. In “Undocumented Immigrant”, Jose Antonio Vargas tells the truth about his illegal status in the United States....   [tags: English language, United States]

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The Cell Phone, An Easy Source Of Communication

- The world has changed a lot ever since its creation. We have seen many revolutionary events during this time that have changed the way we live. One of these recent inventions would be the cell phone. The cell phone was developed by Martin Cooper in 1973. After the invention of the cell phone, more and more technologically advanced versions of the cell phones started coming out. One of these technological advancements in the cell phone was what we now call ‘text messaging.’ Text messaging is a form of communication that sends text messages electronically to a person’s mobile phone....   [tags: Mobile phone, Text messaging, Writing]

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My Mother Was A Great Storyteller And Singer

- Throughout my life, literacy has been an important aspect of my life as it is for everyone, but at the same time I feel I had this great moral support from everyone around me which drastically helped me. My mother, my grandmother, especially my grandfather was all there to help me get to where I am today. My mother was and still is a hard worker. Growing up it was just her and I and money was definitely a struggle. Even though money was always tight she was always working in order to put me through school, without her I would have no schooling, and no education in literacy....   [tags: High school, Family, Grandparent, Learning]

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Analysis Of The Movie ' Dutchman '

- Dutchman takes place in a train car in the subway beneath a city. It is specified that it is summer at the time of the play, in 1964. Obviously, this was during a period in American history where segregation was still rampant, particularly in the South, though of course racism was still prevalent throughout the United States of America. At this time as well, discourse about the civil rights movement was gaining momentum. Other societal influences included the Vietnam war, the Cold War, and the anti war movement which promoted a sort of counter culture....   [tags: Black people, Racism, African American culture]

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Social Media And Its Effects On Society

- On average users between the ages of 18-34 spend four hours on social media (cite it). It might seem like four hours are not a lot, but it is a lot of time. There are many things these young people could be doing, like working on their writing or communication skills. Social media are websites and applications that enable users to create and share context or to participate in social networking. Some examples of social media are Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Snap chat and much more. Every two years, or so, a new form of social media comes out....   [tags: Communication, Writing, Anxiety, Facebook]

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English Is My First, And Only Language

- English is my first, and only language. I learned from my parents and growing up in a country that predominately speaks English. I use a variety of English’s throughout my day. I will not speak until I am spoken to and I stay to myself. When I am speaking with someone who is a total stranger, I find it quite hard to say anything at all; but if it is a friend, I try my best to communicate. I used to work at a theme park where I had to watch my language. The guests that visited came from all different kinds of backgrounds....   [tags: Middle school, Elementary school, High school]

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Cliche, The First Barrier Of Effective Communications

- Cliché is the first barrier to effective communications. "If only I had a nickel for every cliché I 've heard," is an example. It 's a worn-out analogy that has been abused by society. These trite sayings blur the meaning from your intended use, and because of that, your message gets garbled. Relying on clichés can be a sign of a poor vocabulary and can affect how the clients see you or the company. Jargon is our next hurdle to overcome. I believe jargon to be one of the most difficult to plow through when writing or speaking on a subject you 're most familiar with....   [tags: Word, Sentence, Language, Euphemism]

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A Brief History of Mark Twain

- There are many quotes to describe a classical American author, but Ulysses S. Grant describes one particular true American author as “. . . the simple soldier, who, all untaught of the silken phrase markers, linked words together with an art surpassing the art of schools and into them put a something which will bring American ears, as long as America shall last, the roll of his vanished drums and the thread of his marching hosts.” (American Experience, Grant’s Memoirs) Mark Twain is this simple soldier who is a true American author who expressed America with his writings....   [tags: classical American authors, Samuel Clemens]

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The Problem with Today's Youth Language

- ... If a teen has improper speech or cannot tell when to shift their mannerisms will likely not develop the skill in adulthood. This is a problem because once in the position of being seen as an adult, it means that you must behave in a certain way and give off a certain sense about you that shows maturity and education, where having improper speech mannerisms and using slang can bring about the assumption of one being uneducated or immature. The problem with this is that it can make being a professional in most fields difficult for the individual in question....   [tags: informality, tone, inappropriate vocabulary]

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Online, Group Communities Generate New Words

- Online, group communities generate new words Introduction The online environment provides greater opportunities for a broader range of storytelling and engagement with media and culture, and immediate conversations with readers (Von Veh, 2014). The Internet emphasises the role of language whilst masking identity forms such as class, gender or race (Warschauer, 2000). The popularity of social networking sites (SNSs) such as MySpace and Facebook demonstrate the addictive appeal of virtual and online communities across generations and cultures (TNS 2008)....   [tags: Social network service, Sociology, MySpace]

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How Technology Has Changed Our Lives

- Admittedly technology has advanced throughout the years and there is no way for one to avoid it. It has become more and more of a necessity in people’s lives and the majority of people have a smartphone and cannot live without it. People who have lived in the 1990s have lived in the era where sending out letters was the main way of communication, but now it only takes a few presses of a button for someone to get your message instantly. Not everyone will understand the struggle and the process of sending out letters and in the far future will letters even exist....   [tags: Abuse, Bullying, Communication, Mobile phone]

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Texting Has Changed The English Language

- Through American history, the people of America originated from Britain meaning their language also originated from Britain. From personal knowledge, the first modifications that were known to the English language started with Noah Merriam in the colonial era. He wrote the Webster dictionary and purposely altered some of the words in his dictionary to create a unique language for the “New Land”. He succeeds in changing several words, including the word “colour” to “color”. However, since America has come to life, many things have created a way to slowly kill and change the English language verbally and in written form....   [tags: English language, United States, Dialect]

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Analysis Of The Movie Clockwork Orange

- Anthony Burgess wrote a few sci fi books over the span of his life. Clockwork Orange and Earthly Powers being the most popular. Clockwork Orange was later adapted to a movie in 1971 by Stanley Kubrick. Burgess hated the movie adaptation because it wasn’t exactly what he pictured and felt it was very dramatic. Even if Kubrick followed the plot, his visions were colorful and sexual escapade brought to life. In a futuristic London, similar to the 1960’s, that is heavily based around sex, a charismatic hoodlum named Alex is the 15 year old leader of a gang of “droogs”....   [tags: Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange]

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