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Where would I put this info in the lexicon? I have it called Pupae
speech, and I guess I need profession speech, though I'm not sure
about that as they make many of their own things, though they do do
Intergalactic trading.

On 5/17/16, Virginia Keys <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Chris Peters wrote:
>> I heard an interesting perspective from an English teacher once.
>
>> Slang vocabulary tends fall generally (not necessarily completely)
>> into three different semantic categories:  bathroom, sex, and death.
>> These are the three major areas of human existence that remind us how
>> similar we are to other animals; not as unique or separate from them
>> as our cultures would have us believe.
>
> I'd be more inclined to agree with that assertion if you replaced "Slang
> vocabulary" with "Euphemism".
> Euphemism is about tippy-toeing around subjects that make us socially and/or
> personally uncomfortable,
> and bathroom, sex, and death are three (though, as you indicate, not
> necessarily all the) biggies that do.
>
> Slang, as I understand the term, could refer to practically anything: Food,
> alcohol, house and home, automobiles,
> relationships, eyeglasses, the television, police officers, umbrellas,
> microwaving, dancing, (as Herman points out, money, illicit substances) ...
>
> oh, and yes, the bathroom, sex, and death. :)
>
> Kou
> ___________
>
> Slang is the broadest term, describing informal language (more common in
> everyday speech than in writing or other formal settings) which is often
> specific to a particular group or context. Slang can be part of a group
> identity, quickly showing the difference between insiders and outsiders.
> It's not uncommon for each generation to develop at least some slang of its
> own. Slang may include (but needn't be limited to) expressions of emotion,
> insults, in-joke references, etc.
>
> Jargon (as I understand it) is a subcategory of slang, describing terms used
> as a technical shorthand for common and/or complex concepts in a highly
> specialized field, and interpreted in its context. Jargon may be used in a
> formal context if the recipients are expected to be familiar with the same
> terminology. Because of this it could be considered an overlapping or
> related-but-separate category in relation to slang, rather than a
> subcategory.
>
> Colloquialisms are another subcategory of slang, referring to terms and
> expressions used only in a specific locality.
>
> Euphemisms I would say are a category that overlaps with slang, as many of
> them are used to be polite in formal settings in which slang would be
> considered inappropriate, but there are other euphemisms that are slang.  It
> is true that the majority of euphemisms seem to center around the bathroom
> (excrement), sex, death, and unpleasant or censored topics.
>
> So as I see it, a society without verbal censorship could still develop
> slang.
>
> Regards,
> --Virginia
>


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