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  Slang
Updated 11 March 2004, 14.09
Ali G
Learning aims
  • Understand the term 'slang'

  • Increase knowledge of slang

  • Compose own rhyming words and phrases

Introduction
Read through with the class the stories:

Ask the class what they think 'slang' is?

  • Slang is informal language (as opposed to standard English)
  • Slang, like other types of language, changes over time

  • Some words, which were originally slang, are now part of standard English

A jedi knight

Main activity
Display the list of words below which have more recently been added to dictionaries.

What do the class think these mean?

  • Jedi - a religion from Star Wars
  • Tardis - Dr Who's time-travel craft
  • Blairite - a supporter of Tony Blair
  • Girl power - girls taking control, from the Spice Girls
  • Decaff - short for decaffeinated
  • Haircare - looking after your hair
  • Home shopping - buying things from home
  • Doing a Delia - cooking like Delia Smith
  • Minger - an unattractive person
  • Bladdered - extremely drunk
  • Ned - a hooligan or petty criminal
  • Numpty - a stupid person
  • The dark side - from Star Wars
  • Chick flick - a movie suited to girls
  • Bunny boiler - a very jealous girlfriend
  • Get real - stop dreaming and think sensibly

Students compile a list of their own slang with definitions.

Extension activity
Students come up with their own rhyming slang for people, places and things.

Plenary
Recap on the origins and function of slang and hear students' own examples.

Ask the class:

  • Are the examples of slang words that you think should be included in the dictionary?

  • When would they be more likely to use a slang word in place of standard English?

  • Are their examples words that would be used locally or across the UK?

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