Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 16:06:24 -0500
From: Jim Crotty Monkmag[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Re: NEW TOPIC: Slang in the Movies!
In a message dated 11/10/97 12:24:55 PM, you wrote:
Jim, how do you define slang? As a Minnesotan, I found nothing in
"Fargo" which suggested a distinctive slang (except, perhaps, "you
bet"). Aren't you talking about dialect--both accent and, to a lesser
degree, lexicon? Come to think of it, "you bet" has been used as long
as I can remember (and that's a _long_ time), which suggests it's not
slang, i.e., it's not ephemeral, age-graded, etc. The same goes for
"real well," "pretty good," etc. These are indeed part of the regional
vernacular, i.e., dialect.
Yah, you betcha there.... See, I was talkin' slang in a very broad sense. So,
okay, dialect would be okay too then. The whole kit and kaboodle. Slang,
dialect, vernacular, idioms, what have you and whatnot.
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