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By Ellie Kahn, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2012
For the past few years, Lara DiPaola has come home from her job in marketing and started her second job, as an unofficial translator for her 13-year-old-daughter, Katie. Like many teens, Katie speaks in abbrevs — shortened or combined versions of words or phrases, popular in text messages and on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. It's up to DiPaola to fill in the missing letters. "I'd say to my daughter, 'Katie, where did you leave the blow-dryer?' and she'd respond, 'IDK,'" said DiPaola, who lives in Severn.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
I advised you recently then when you read about someone complaining about the "dumbing-down" of English , just stop reading. That was incomplete advice. The next time you see someone complaining that the Young People are destroying the language with text-speak, stop reading. Close the page. Do not read further. You would be encouraging a fool to proceed.  Fads come and go, but the language endures. The Young People embrace slang, and when older people discover it, they drop it. Why are the Young People fleeing Facebook?
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By Deborah Work and Deborah Work,Fort Lauderdale Sun-SentinelFort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | October 13, 1993
Hovering in the shadows at her teen-age son's party, Carline Moore overhears this snatch of conversation:"There it is. This jam is thick. Plenty of mad honeys, dope system.""We phat. But I gotta flex. I'll be maxin' at the crib.""I'm easin' here. Later.""Later."Come again?For the uninitiated, it's the language of the hip-hop generation, and it can be heard in malls, on the street and in classrooms -- even prep-school classrooms.Hoopty, hotty, hoochie. Slang is colorful, descriptive patter that eases communication among young folks while keeping parents and teachers at bay. If you talk to teens, you'd best be savvy because slanguage is always changing, always confounding.
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By John McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2013
Responding to my recent post, "Steer clear of the purity people," which linked to Bronwen Clune's Guardian article "My problem with the grammar police,"  Jeremy Wheeler commented on Facebook:  I clicked through to the Guardian article and read the first page of comments - a mistake, probably. What I found depressing about most of the comments (which were the usual mixture of declarations that the language is going to the dogs, spurious rules , assertions that spelling mistakes are a sign of a decline in educational standards, and so on)
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By Colleen O'Connor and Colleen O'Connor,Dallas Morning News | July 14, 1995
Like it or not, the '60s word "chick" is back on the scene. Other bits of hippie slang -- like stone fox -- may languish in the retro-chic ragbag.But chick is chic.Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders says she likes being called a chick. So do the Dixie Chicks.A baby shower invitation for Mary Matalin of CNBC's "Equal Time" said, "Chicks Only."Hillary Rodham Clinton laughed when the media called her trip to Asia a "chicks' trip."PBS ran an all-female movie-reviewer show called "Chicks on Flicks," and a new summer movie, "A Little Princess," is now being dubbed a "chick-ette movie" for young girls.
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,Staff Writer | November 12, 1993
As the scene opens, two girls are discussing their sneakers in front of lockers on the third floor at Francis M. Wood Senior High School. It seems the $95 pair owned by one girl is no longer chic."
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By KEVIN AMORIM | December 1, 2005
Aaron Peckham is, by his own definition, an "enginerd." But this is one software engineer who loves earthly argot as much as cyber-coding. Peckham, 24, compiles the cultish compendium of old-school and fresh-from-the-street slang known as Urbandictionary .com. Last month, the best of the site was published in the real world - or meatspace, as the cyber-dudes call it. Although the 300,000 Web entries are pared to 2,000 for Urban Dictionary: Fularious Street Slang Defined (Andrews McMeel, $12.95)
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May 11, 2003
Generation O is slang for the current group of obese youngsters. -- Wired magazine
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By THEO LIPPMAN JR | March 17, 1994
HAPPY ST. PADDY'S DAY. No offense. Until recently "Paddy" was always thought of as a term of endearment. I still think of it that way, as do my Irish friends and relatives.But, naturally, in this age of political correctness, "Paddy" is officially no longer affectionate. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (Tenth Edition, 1993) defines "Paddy" as "Irishman" and adds this: "often taken to be offensive."The Ninth Edition (1986) doesn't say that. Nor does the unabridged Merriam-Webster's Third New International Dictionary (1961)
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July 19, 1994
J.E. LIGHTER and his publishers at Random House have some nerve, tempting us with the first volume of the Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, but giving us only seven letters worth of entries. Entries H - R won't be available until 1996 and it is speculated that we won't be able to put our hands on S - Z until 1997.Admittedly, the HDAS (which may become the PDR equivalent for writers, crossword puzzlers and other language lovers) is made up of 20,000-plus entries of A - G slang.
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By John McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2013
Perhaps before we publish, or read, any more inane articles about lexicography, we might take a moment to reflect on what dictionaries are for .  One of the latest misguided (read: stupid) articles on the subject is by Michael Dirda in The Washington Post :  "Oxford Dictionaries adds' twerk,; 'FOMO,' 'selfie,' and other words that make me vom. "  As the headline indicates, Oxford University press has gathered up a number of slang terms for the quarterly update of the Oxford Dictionaries Online*, and Mr. Dirda is not pleased with them.  Before we get to the lexicography, we might ask why Mr. Dirda thought we would be interested in his personal preferences in vocabulary.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2013
@Mededitor tweets about "a tiresome grammar tirade (w/bonus 'entropy of our language')" at MMO Champion .  We are favored there by the observations of zeropeorth, who, thanks to his (sounds like a "he") superb command of the majestic English tongue, can instantly spot minor spelling errors: "to, two, too. " Who can suss out vogue usages online: "ermahgerd. " And who can single-handedly fuse the principles of physics, medicine, and linguistics: "As this entropy of our language has started to appear as an epidemic ... I'm fretting for our future ability to communicate.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2012
The ever-game Steve Kleinedler of the American Heritage Dictionary took on one of those chores that regularly fall to lexicographers: He appeared on Boston's WBUR to talk about words people want deleted from dictionaries .  Literally  and impacted  left my eyebrows level. Yeah, yeah. And some unduly excitable types, you'll see in the comments, got exercised when the executive editor of the American Heritage Dictionary , in the unbuttoned atmosphere of conversation uttered "a whole nother.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2012
Is this Maryland's best sandwich (pictured above)? It sure looks great. Food Network Magazine has proclaimed the pit beef sandwich at Pioneer Pit Beef the single must-try sandwich in Maryland. The Pit Beef sandwich joins 49 other notables in the feature "50 Sandwiches, 50 States," available on newsstands Tuesday and online at blog.foodnetwork.com . On the Pit Beef sandwich, the editors write: “'Pit beef' is Baltimore's slang for this beloved classic: sliced slow-grilled beef piled high on a soft kaiser bun.”  The sandwich is available for $5.50 at 1600 N. Rolling Road.
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By Ellie Kahn, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2012
For the past few years, Lara DiPaola has come home from her job in marketing and started her second job, as an unofficial translator for her 13-year-old-daughter, Katie. Like many teens, Katie speaks in abbrevs — shortened or combined versions of words or phrases, popular in text messages and on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. It's up to DiPaola to fill in the missing letters. "I'd say to my daughter, 'Katie, where did you leave the blow-dryer?' and she'd respond, 'IDK,'" said DiPaola, who lives in Severn.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2012
In an antic moment last week, The New Yorker  pitched an appeal to readers:  What word would you most like to eliminate from the English language?   Awesome  and  epic  won some votes because of overuse, phlegm  from disgustingness, but moist , which has recently taken on an evil odor, overwhelmed. In its wisdom, however, The New Yorker chose slacks  as a word worthy of extinction .  This game, as Stan Carey points out at Sentence First , always draws a lot of players . In fact, as you can see on the comments at Johnson 's post on the same subject , all you have to do is broach the subject, and people start trotting out their nominees, like so many would-be Torquemadas hustling the condemned to the stake.  The extremity of the responses speaks to how much we personalize the language.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
I advised you recently then when you read about someone complaining about the "dumbing-down" of English , just stop reading. That was incomplete advice. The next time you see someone complaining that the Young People are destroying the language with text-speak, stop reading. Close the page. Do not read further. You would be encouraging a fool to proceed.  Fads come and go, but the language endures. The Young People embrace slang, and when older people discover it, they drop it. Why are the Young People fleeing Facebook?
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2012
Is this Maryland's best sandwich (pictured above)? It sure looks great. Food Network Magazine has proclaimed the pit beef sandwich at Pioneer Pit Beef the single must-try sandwich in Maryland. The Pit Beef sandwich joins 49 other notables in the feature "50 Sandwiches, 50 States," available on newsstands Tuesday and online at blog.foodnetwork.com . On the Pit Beef sandwich, the editors write: “'Pit beef' is Baltimore's slang for this beloved classic: sliced slow-grilled beef piled high on a soft kaiser bun.”  The sandwich is available for $5.50 at 1600 N. Rolling Road.
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By Frank Roylance and Frank Roylance,frank.roylance@baltsun.com | September 26, 2009
A WeatherBlog reader, Hazmat77, takes issue with my reference to this season as fall. "Frank, the official name for this season is Autumn. 'Fall' is basically slang when used to describe Autumn." Really? It's the fifth definition of "fall" as a noun in my office dictionary. An older dictionary at home likes it, too, at least for use in the U.S. And the Associated Press Stylebook is okay with "fall" as a season (lowercase, please).
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By MORNING CALL | March 30, 2006
OCTOGENARIAN.BLOGSTER.COM What's the point? -- Whether ranting about politics, cremation or her neighbors, the 80-year-old sasspot who writes this blog curses like a sailor and tells it straight, throwing out modern slang as deftly as a teen. She's the saucy but wise ol' broad you see all the time in sitcoms, but never actually meet in real life. Unlike those dames on television, though, the Octogenarian is a person of depth and complexity, and she holds nothing back in her public diary.
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