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Slang Density

Postby Joeldi » Fri Jul 17, 2015 3:08 am UTC

Australians are uniquely proud of the way in which we slangify everything - for instance the way in which a large number of common professions have some universally recognised shortform eg: Journo, Sparky, Firey, Ambo. ... tube-video

I watched the above video recently, and I found myself asking whether we have a right to be proud, or whether every other dialect of English has just as much slang, but without banging on about it all the time.

I know for example that a lot of other languages have complex formality systems that are even more pervasive and than the Australian tendency to add "-O" the the ends of words.

So how high do you think your language or dialect's 'Slang Density' is?
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Re: Slang Density

Postby G0NZ0 » Sun Jul 19, 2015 2:13 pm UTC

At first I was going to argue that we Americans abbreviate just as much, but after watching the video, I'd have to say that we are nowhere near as intense about it as that.

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Re: Slang Density

Postby WilliamLehnsherr » Wed Aug 05, 2015 8:54 am UTC

Surely not all of those are unique to Australia? Sickie, ciggie, spag bol, copper, to name a few. Or, maybe as an Australian I'm just used to them and don't realise how weird they are.

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Re: Slang Density

Postby Derek » Wed Aug 05, 2015 9:37 am UTC

Copper, meaning police, is definitely present in America, though just cop is more common. Cop is actually short for copper, so their "abbreviation" was actually the opposite. Other ones in the video that I think are used, at least to some extent:

Din-din: This is a childish, but present.
Agro: Common in video games.
Preggas: Preggers in the US.
Cabbie: I think this is more British, but I've heard it.
Undies: Very common.
Hubby: Pretty common.
Gimme: I'm pretty sure this is common in almost all dialects.
Ambo: I've heard this one in a video game only.

Some of their "abbreviations" were just dialectical pronunciations, like all the "-dee"s for the days of the week (you can find that in parts of the US too).

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Re: Slang Density

Postby Xenomortis » Wed Aug 05, 2015 9:50 am UTC

I'm just going to leave this here:

(I am not cockney and don't know how prevalent rhyming slang actually is)

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