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This house believes that the use of slang is an important expression of identity

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This house believes that the use of slang is an important expression of identity (Proposition) Dear madam chair, adjudicators and the gentlemen of the floor, I am here to propose the motion that this house believes that the use of slang is an important expression of identity. Slang is everywhere. Whether you are walking down the street, reading in the train or just socialising with your friends, you will experience some form of slang. But what is slang? It is the non-standard use of words in a language and sometimes the creation of new words. These words which are unique to particular members of society express a great deal about their personality. These words make them appear unique and different from another person - which is essentially why many people use slang. Normal, proper English can be spoken by anyone. It is just a case of learning it and since all the words are pre-defined, a lot of people speak it. However, slang is distinctive. It is made up by the minority so it is not widely used. ...read more.

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This is a very important expression of identity because on the one hand, you are speaking differently to other people and you are expressing yourself differently, but on the other hand, you are linking up with people who share common interests with you. But many others may argue that when slang words can start very small, they can build up to be widely used by the majority of the public. Examples of this are words such as "cool" and "jive". Whereas these words meant completely different 50 years ago to now, they are adopted by the public. This does show lack of self-identity. However, the fact that these words have all been accepted now shows how flexible the English language is and there must not be any restrictions. The youth cults can make more words up and derive them from other languages. This cycle of slang words being created and then used the public is continuous and goes on. This also ensures that there is an identity to people and the medium of using slang expresses the identity well. ...read more.

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This, I feel though, is wrong. This is forcing people to change their attitude and behaviour in life to follow others. I believe that it should be up to the person himself who makes the decision on how to talk. Speech or slang is the only way that one can express their identity without force. Slang plays a critical role whether it outlines winner (top dog) from the loser (toast), in-crowd (BMOC) from the outcast (dweeb), or oppressor (the Man) from the oppressed (doormat), providing catchy and memorable labels for us versus them. Therefore slang's varied and explicit meanings can easily inform the audience what others think about someone in particular. In conclusion, linguistically speaking, slang has an important role in defining our identity in society. Slang is NOT a corruption or degradation of language. On the contrary, slang is a way in which languages change and are renewed. Therefore every day you will see people talking in an unfamiliar language but that's what makes them who they are. One quote which I feel sums up what I have said is, "Slang is the poetry of everyday life". ?? ?? ?? ?? Franky Saxena 10U ...read more.

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