Slang and Academic Discourse. What Is Slang?. Slang is informal language consisting of words and expressions considered appropriate for informal, friendly, and everyday use. When Is Slang Appropriate?. Consider your audience. How do you say “hello” to these audiences?. Best Friend.
Slang is informal language consisting of words and expressions considered appropriate for informal, friendly, and everyday use.
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If using slang in academic writing, it still must be
Remember, academic writing is formal, so most types of formal writing will require you to stay away from slang.
You must learn how to find slang terms in your own writing and translate them into more formal words.
Find slang in your writing:
Joe punched Mary’s bff, and she freaked out.
Joe struck Mary’s best friend, and she panicked because she was afraid.
That teacher be trippin’. She gives us tons of work b/c she thinks we got no lives.
We have an extraordinary amount of work to do in that class, and my social life is suffering because of it.
The roller coaster was super awesome, but I think I’m gonna puke.
I greatly enjoyed riding the roller coaster, but I may vomit because of it.
I can’t believe you punked me—that was seriously uncool.
I am very unhappy about the prank you played on me.
Idk what’s going on tonight, so let’s play it by ear.
Since I am unsure of tonight’s activities, we should wait until later to decide what we want to do.
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