Social Studies 3: How Words Can Reflect Culture
Y'all know when someone has a certain drawl that they're probably southerners. But why would you guess that? Well, certain words can reflect the culture of the person using them. We'll talk more about that in this video.
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Anyway, we don't know if it's a band, but all of these words?
They're definitely slang.
So…what is slang?
Well, while "Slang" kinda sounds like the name of a comic book villain… [Dragon with a shirt on breathing fire out a window]
… it’s actually just super informal language.
You pickin’ up what we’re layin’ down? [Coop pointing at a blackboard]
…Okay, that wasn't great.
Sorry. [Students look unimpressed]
Slang is the language you might use when you're hanging out and talking with your friends!
…or fam, or posse, or crew. [Group of people in a living room]
Using slang is a way for you to feel a bond with the peeps you hang out with.
…not those kind of peeps.
Unless you like hanging out with marshmallow chicks. [Guy sat with a group of marshmallow chicks]
Then…uh…you do you.
Knowing these non-standard words can help you stand apart from others – like, say, [Family in a car]
your super basic parents.
And slang can differ depending on where you are.
For instance, people in the countryside use way different slang than people in the city. [Country houses with the city in the background]
And some cities even have their own unique slang.
Slang makes it pretty easy to tell if your new roommate is from the wicked cool city [Guy with sunglasses and a leather jacket on]
of Boston, or if you're going to be living with a jawn from Philly.
Sometimes, slang becomes “common use”, meaning everyone shares it. [TV show with police officer pulling someone over]
If that happens, you might even catch the word used on television, dude.
We can thank the '60s surfer dudes for that one.
And sometimes, a word that means one thing in formal conversation means something else [Dino pointing at a blackboard]
entirely in slang.
For example, the word “sick.”
In formal conversation, “sick” means not feeling well. [Girl in bed sneezing]
But in common slang, someone calling something “sick” means that it’s totally awesome. [Guy doing a skateboard trick]
And this isn't just an American thing.
Nope, in cultures all over the world, there's a new standard way of speaking. [Countries on a map saying hello in different languages]
There's a standard way of speaking and writing, and an informal slang way of speaking.
For example, the Ojibwe people of Canada don’t have different words for
The word ozhaawaa can mean brown or yellow. [Two guys wearing yellow and brown shirts]
Bet their box of crayons is pretty whack… [Different crayons all with the same name]
But nothing lasts forever. [Girls taking pictures with a selfie stick]
Even slang must change over time, usually when a word goes mainstream.
Because once your mom uses a slang word, it’s by definition no longer cool. [Uncool looking girl using slang]
The relation between language and culture is partly why learning a new language isn’t [Guy reading Ozhaawaa for dummies book]
just about the words.
It’s really about learning a whole new way of thinking.
Now if you'd excuse us, we're going to write some dope songs for our new band, Low-key
We smell Grammy! [Band with their instruments]