It doesn’t seem to matter what year we find ourselves in, slang always has a way of making it into the english language. However, it seems to be the youth of this generation creating endless lists of words with new meanings.
The year 2017 was no different, with words like lowkey and extra being widely spoken around the world. Nonetheless, this eruption of new meanings and words should come as no surprise at a time where electronics capable of sharing messages within seconds are prevalent.
The youth of this generation are often looked down upon for the absurd creation of ways in which words are used. For example, calling something “savage” would normally mean a fierce, violent and uncontrolled force of nature. In the world of developing adolescents, anyone seen as “badass” or “cool” could be otherwise characterized as “savage”.
This establishment of slang seems to create a dividing line within the english language that separates those still in school, and those with a college degree that are working. Some see it as an inventive way of utilizing the way english is spoken, while others could disagree, stating it as an excuse for people being too lazy to explore the full spectrum of our language, and therefore sticking to a limited collection of vocabulary. Either way, the range of opinions are never-ending.
Slang isn’t always just meanings for words that already exist, however. Take deadass for instance, which was originally derived from saying “dead serious”. This term is used when someone is reluctant to believe what you are saying. When you respond “no, deadass”, then you are reassuring them that without a doubt what you have said is true. It would be just like saying “Im serious”, just in a less formal way.
Slang has most definitely affected the english language in 2017, but in which way? Is the language we once knew as a linguistic way of expressing emotions and ideas collapsing into a dim and narrowed-down vocabulary? Or has have these new words enhanced the language in a fashion that has shaped and defined new possibilities for emotions to be expressed in a way that we could once not previously express?
Amongst what seems to be an increased laziness in the use of the english language, may well present itself to be a newly cultured intricacy of cultivated vocabulary. This advancement in language is identified in numerous terms that have been forged within the year of 2017.
“Low-key” is not only a perfect example of this development in language, but specifically within sentences. For example, one might say “I want to eat dinner at a restaurant tonight”. Although this is perfectly acceptable, “low-key” could be included to further complement the sentence, and create a new perspective to be looked at, before directly addressing what has been said. Instead, one might say “I low-key want to eat dinner at a restaurant tonight”. The sophistication in these terms potentially adds a new level of culture to the language.
This goes both ways, however. Looking at the slang word “dafuq”, would show us the complete opposite. This time what is normally known as the phrase “what the f*ck”, is simplified down to a single word, which is supposed to be able to compensate for the lack of saying a phrase which is expressed as a word instead. This reduction from a phrase to a word leads back to the original point of being straight up lazy.
It’s no wonder the creators of these new generation slang words are often looked down upon by their elders, considering the inconsistency in the world of slang.
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