Renata Brown
English Slang and its Importance in today's society

Today, we live in a society that welcomes, creates and frowns upon creative language. "On fleek, Turnt, wanna, shoulda, finna go, bout dat life", and a plethora of countless phrases used to express oneself, financial status, sexual performance, appearance. However, in society, we use everyday expressions to literally express our emotions. Naturally, we discover that our constant evolving language by the change in our generation, technology, scientific breakthroughs and countless other events that effect our daily lives. Where does slang fit into our daily lives? It fits everywhere, except the workplace board meetings or school conferences. In so many words, today we are in an very evolved generation that constantly transforming. We must keep up as we continue to grow and develop as human beings as well. Without adaptation, we will perish. Learning new things daily is essential to life. 

Dec 31, 2015 2:23 AM
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You are 100% right !


I am Italian-American and when I am home with my father or speaking to another Brooklyn-nite, I sound much like John Travolta in Sat Nite Fever or Joe Pesce in My Cousin Vinny !!!   :-)


When I need to sound more 'educated ' or to prove I have a Master's Deg, I try to clean things up a bit.  At home I definitely say ' Ova dare ' (over there ), 'Brau-way' ( Broadway ), and when I really feel like letting it rip, I have been known to say ' Dat don' make no sense '.   hehehe.


I have taken a bit here and there of different groups that I lived with making me have a very interesting melange of accents depending on when you catch me !

December 31, 2015

Elizabeth-Anne... so, in your best Brooklynese, especially when you are thirsty, would you say "I need a glass of wadda"? :)



I thought you may be interested to know if these terms are used in Canada (at least in my circles)

On fleek... never heard of it

Turnt... never heard of it

wanna... heard it - don't like it - probably sound this way when speaking, but never write it this way

shoulda... ditto

finna go... never heard of it

bout dat life... after working so hard to perfect our 'th' sounds, we're highly unlikely to substitute a 'd' for the 'th'.


I'd be interested to learn the meanings of the terms that I identified as 'never heard'.


Thanks for the interesting post... Happy New Year

December 31, 2015