Slinging the slang

At The Write Business we are not always purists when it comes to words. We love some slang particularly those mouth filling words that literally slap you across the face such as gobsmacked. Where did that word come from? Seems it re-surfaced in the 1980’s, having  made a debut in the UK in the late 1950’s around the same times as bonkers. Gob is a popular word for mouth in the north of England with likely gaelic or old french roots. Gulp, goblet, gob, gab, gobble….gobbledygook, gob-stopper. Do you think slang is slang?. Etymological sources* completely disagree as to its origins.  There is apparently a scandinavian reference to slang as early as 1756 as the ‘special vocabulary of tramps and thieves’ resonating with the norwegian words for nickname – slengenamn and verbal abuse – slengja kjeften, literally slinging ones jaw. What makes a good slang? – part exaggeration, part absurd, the peculiar juxtaposition of consonants to vowels? the pace at which it falls out of our mouths?  Share your favourite slang with us but keep it clean please……..

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