Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Slinging Slang In The News.(Mountain View)

Byline: John Brennan Mountain View Journal

How does slang become mainstream?

Every one of us could draw up a fairly lengthy list of words and phrases that we use in everyday conversation but that are rarely seen in print or heard in more formal settings.

Everyone understands what these terms mean. They're just not commonly used by, say, newspaper writers or network news anchors.

Most of the time, this kind of lingo remains in the verbal vernacular forever, spoken and heard endlessly but never validated and accepted into the more formal language.

But once in a while such a word or phrase somehow works its way into a news story, and its appearance there can be both startling and amusing. …

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