Thursday, April 21, 2005

Slangs, What Challenges are they Causing for You?

As a society, we get so used to using slang's that we stop realizing that we are even using them. The slangs can even differ from one part of the country that you are living in to another.
I have spoken to people who have learned English as a second language, received an A in class and still didn't understand what was being said because of the amount of slang words being used.
Even in different industries, we start using jargons and slangs that others wouldn't understand unless they were in that industry.
Many sports minded people use the sport terminology in business such as, "carry the ball" or "he sure dropped the ball on that one."
Even the dictionaries are now entering some of the more commonly used slangs.
The Merriam- Webster dictionary added these examples:

Headbanger- a hard rock musician and a fan
Dead presidents- Paper currency
Prairie Gophering – people who peer above their cubicles at work.
McJob- Low paying and dead-end work.
Comb-over- an attempt to cover a bald spot

Therefore, when you are trying to communicate and get a message across, it is important to ask yourself, am I using slangs, could this be miss-interpreted. It is when we stop and look at the details that many misunderstandings are alleviated.

Have a great week.

P.S. If you like what you're reading in this
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All the Best!
Maria Boomhower
The Master Communicator


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