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American Talk, Part 3 of 3: Slang in American English

“All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry,”¬†wrote G.K. Chesterton. But Chesterton’s “A Defence of Slang” is, of course, subject to continuing debate among academic audiences. Where does slang come from? How does it function in American speech, and … Continue reading

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