LINGUIST List 16.392

Wed Feb 09 2005

Qs: English Slang Words; Linguistic Creativity

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        1.    Hilary Sachs, Slang Words in Standard English
        2.    Francisco Gomes de Matos, Annotated bibliography on Linguistic Creativity

Message 1: Slang Words in Standard English

Date: 07-Feb-2005
From: Hilary Sachs <>
Subject: Slang Words in Standard English

Does anyone know of any examples of slang, or otherwise colorful words that
supplanted older, standard words in English?

I'm thinking of the Romance phenomenon, where some Latin words were
replaced by Vulgar Latin slang words in the Romance languages, such as or,
oris 'mouth' (standard Latin), which fell out of use and was replaced by
bucca 'cheeks puffed out from eating'. (French bouche, Sp. boca, etc.)

I can't find any English examples. Any ideas?


Hilary Sachs Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Historical Linguistics

Message 2: Annotated bibliography on Linguistic Creativity

Date: 08-Feb-2005
From: Francisco Gomes de Matos <>
Subject: Annotated bibliography on Linguistic Creativity

Is there an annotated bibliography on Linguistic Creativity across
languages? Has anybody in Linguistics profession compiled something like
that, and how broadly so? Are there any articles on Linguistic Creativity
of non-native users of languages? Where?

Francisco Gomes de Matos

Recife, Brazil Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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