Definitions. SLANG – An informal non-standard vocabulary composed of coinages, arbitrarily changed words, and extravagant, forced, or facetious figures of speech. JARGON – The specialized speech of professions and trades.
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1920’s – razzmatazz, applesauce, scram, 23 skiddoo
1930’s – stiff, palooka, flatfoot
40’s & 50’s – hep cat, dig, bug, square, rat fink, groovy
60’s & 70’s – far out, spacy, flipped out, bad trip
80’s – gag me with a spoon, totally, tubular, groty to the maxSlang can die out
Listed as slang in 1929 Encyclopedia Brittanica:
bootlegger, fake, fizzle, hike, hobo, racketeer, o.k.
cool?Slang can become Standard English