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On slang, slangers and low speech

By Tom Chatfield  

As part of Prospect‘s plans to make fuller use of our blog, we’re now posting some suitable morsels across from our print edition over the course of the month: one of which is my own column on words, etymologies, and whatever curiosities of language have caught my recent attention. Here, from our December edition, is one on slang and its deep place in our fascinations.

The word “slang,” first recorded in the mid-18th century, is…

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