How does social media slang affect learning?
The term "slang" refers to any word or phrase used in informal settings among certain groups of people (e.g. subcultures, regions, etc.). Slang can be a common word or phrase used in a new context (e.g. that jacket is "sick"), a new word or phrase (e.g. her hair is "on fleek"), or a combination of the two (e.g. "tope," meaning "totally dope"). Despite how much it may confuse "outsiders," slang serves an important function in the evolution of language by providing an outlet to test new expressions for common objects and emotions.
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