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