Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 16:06:24 -0500 From: Jim Crotty 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. Okay then. Jim Crotty How To Talk American monkmag[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]