Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Gang slang is not nang but don't be prang...

...and other desperate attempts to use slang in a headline in a(nother) post about slang.

There's now quite a number of comments that have been added to the article in Yesterday's Evening Standard, and they make for an interesting read, especially if you are an AQA A spec student looking at Language Discourses on ENGA3.

We've got some fairly rabid anti-immigrant postings, where the link between young black people, slang and crime seems to have got a few EDL/BNP types all upset. We've got some "crumbling castle" views, suggesting that our once beautiful language has been reduced to a vile slang code understood only by debased urban raggamuffins. We've got some descriptivists arguing that slang has always been around and is just one code that people use in certain contexts. We've also got a few others arguing the toss over the meanings of certain slang terms that have appeared in the glossary in the article. It's quite a range. Why not contribute yourself and add to the debate?

The writer of the article, Lindsay Johns, has a track record of  attacking slang and defending what he calls "proper English", as you can see from this article from 2009.

Finally (until I get worked up again and start ranting about slang) I've added a poll to the right of the blog homepage where you can add your view to what "peak" actually means to you. If you feel particularly passionately about this latest bit of London slang you can add a comment too.

2 comments:

kammy_lamf said...

"Gang slang is not nang but don't be prang..."

Nice to see that you're still "hip" with the cool kids, over a year since last visiting the glory that is this blog, Mr Clayton.

Sincerly,
Dusty old uni student.
[Kamilah]

Dan said...

Yes, as ever, I am down with ver kidz, doing my uncle at a party breakdancing, chatting 1990s slang and wearing ill-advised low batties.

Hope you're well, Kamilah and enjoying uni. My old SFX email isn't working any more, so if you want to get in touch email us through the UCL one on this page www.ucl.ac.uk/english-usage/projects/grammar-teaching/. It'd be good to hear how you're getting on.

*Insert gothic smiley here*