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English Slang Words: Let’s Get to Know It!

English Slang
English Slang

The term “English slang” refers to words or phrases in English that are used colloquially but do not have an accepted meaning in standard English. It is not generally considered a part of the English language, though it is sometimes used as such by native speakers of the language.

Examples of Slang:

Watcha = What are you
eg. Watcha doing? = What are you doing?

I’mma = I am going to
eg. I’mma do what we want = I am going to do what we want.

Gotta = Got to
eg. I gotta perform well this time = I got to perform well this time.

BBL = Be Back Later
eg. Help me out here, I have another thing to attend to, I’ll BBL = Help me out here, I have another thing to attend to, I’ll be back later.

BRB = Be Right Back
eg. Wait here, BRB! = Wait here, be right back!

Gimme = Give me
eg. Gimme my wallet! = Give me my wallet.

TTYL = Talk To You Later
eg. I am busy at the moment, TTYL. = I am busy at the moment, talk to you later.

ASAP = As Soon As Possible
eg. Get that report back to me ASAP! = Get that report back to me as soon as possible.

BBS = Be Back Soon
eg. Don’t leave, I’ll BBS! = Don’t leave, I will be back soon!

GTG = Got to go
eg. I GTG! I have an appointment. = I got to go! I have an appointment.

GJ = Good Job
eg. This is amazing! GJ! = This is amazing! Good Job!

LMAO = Laughing My A** Off
eg. It is hilarious! LMAO! = It is hilarious! I am laughing my a** off!

IRL = In Real Life
eg. What you learn in school is all well and fine, but IRL things are different = What you learn in school is all well and fine, but in real life things are different.

CYE = Check Your Email
eg. CYE! You got the job! = Check your email! You got the job!

Why do we use slang?
Slang is used to express things that are considered inappropriate by society or that go against certain rules. The phrase “talk like a pirate” makes use of the slang term for hairy chest, giving someone with this anomaly (having more body hair than you should) an informal description of their physical appearance. Slang phrases make up the language in which we live; they do not only help us to describe our acquaintances and experiences but also give us insight into the humor of the people living around us.

Slang is mainly used in conversation and texting to render it easier and faster. It’s main objective is convenience. It does not exist in the dictionary, but there are nowadays specific dictionaries specific to slang and its use. It is much more flexible than formal or informal words since its users may change its meaning at any given suitable time.