Tuesday, September 29, 2015

To Speak Impeccably - Eliminating Slang


"Remember that you are a human being with a soul
and the divine gift of articulate speech:  that your native language
is the language of Shakespeare and Milton and The Bible;
and don't sit there crooning like a bilious pigeon."
Professor Higgins

Slang is the junk food of language.  As a cheap substitute, slang lacks the rich nourishment and interesting range of flavors that real words possess.   In slanguage, everything good is cool or awesome.  Whereas real language offers a full spectrum of sweet, sour, salty, and savory descriptors.  Slang takes the sugar and spice out of our conversation.

A lady is a connoisseur of words.  She reads quality literature, observes meaningful words, and makes them her own.  She resists pedestrian slang as she would a steady diet of processed convenience food. Instead she delights in the beauty of real language.

Below is a sampling of unladylike words to avoid.
                                                   
hey
yeah
it's like
I/she/he was like
yeah right
cool
hang out
have a blast
freak out
gotcha

Impeccable Speech Habit:  Eliminate slang.

Photo:  Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady, 1964.

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