Oxford English Dictionary Developing an Affinity for New York City Lingo and Slang

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Oxford English Dictionary Developing an Affinity for New York City Lingo and Slang

CBS New York, 5.1.18

The OED is a guide to nearly 600,000 words, but the historical dictionary is looking to add even more terms. It has launched its “words where you are campaign” to find regional slang, searching Twitter and also asking people to submit their lingo online.“It’s a legitimate form of language and it should be recognized as such,” said The Graduate Center, CUNY’s Michael Newman, a linguistics professor. Newman said we develop slang words in middle school, and since New York City is a cultural hub, people from all around the world imitate the city’s jargon.“It’s kind of a myth that slang words aren’t around for a long time, but that’s really only true for some slang words. A slang word like ‘cool’ is still a slang word but it’s been around for generations and generations,’ Newman said.

Submitted on: MAY 1, 2018

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