When is it slang?

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When is it slang?

Post by Archived Topic » Sun Jan 06, 2002 1:44 pm

I need some kind of criteria to decide when an expression is slang and when not. H-C Dict of Am. Slang, for instance, lists "eyeball to eyeball" but not "eye to eye", "chickens come home to roost" but not "count your chickens before they're hatched". All suggestions gratefully considered -- thanks guys.
Submitted by dale hileman (Apple Valley, CA - U.S.A.)
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When is it slang?

Post by Archived Reply » Sun Jan 06, 2002 1:58 pm

Dale, A dictionary should first be consulted and then what is included is left to the discretion of the individual. Also, you might try reading the section cryptically entitled 'What is Slang' in the preface to the 2nd and 3rd editions of your 'H-C Dictionary of American Slang'.

Ken G, November 4, 2004

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When is it slang?

Post by Archived Reply » Sun Jan 06, 2002 2:13 pm

Ken, your advice seems to me to represent elitism of the most inconsiderate kind. You failed to mention what page to look on. ;-)
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