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‘Gran Slang’ Dictionary Would Harmonize The Young And The Old

by Aruna on  February 21, 2009 at 3:01 PM Education News   - G J E 4
 ‘Gran Slang’ Dictionary Would Harmonize The Young And The Old
Many of the words used by teenagers today are incomprehensible to older generations, However, it is equally baffling for younger people trying to get to grips with the lexicon of their grandparents. Now, the two generations may finally be able to converse in harmony, thanks to the creation of a 'gran slang' dictionary.
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The dictionary, which features words like telegram and tomfoolery along with hullabaloo and poppycock, can help young people understand their elders.

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Commissioned by Home and Capital Advisors, the authors have also produced a dictionary of slang words popular with teenagers.

Some words, such as wag and mint, feature in both lists.

Older people would consider a wag as a mischievous character while youngsters would see the partner of a footballer.

"There is a vast array of guides on youth street slang to assist older people in bridging the generational gap, but nothing on the market to aid teenagers understand the language of pensioners," the Telegraph quoted Nigel Hare-Scott, managing director of Home and Capital advisers, as saying.

"Many of the words used by teenagers today are incomprehensible to older generations, but it must be equally baffling for younger people trying to get to grips with the lexicon of their grandparents.

"Understanding is a two-way street and that is where the "gran slang" dictionary comes in.

"No longer will the word mint, used by young people to denote approval, be confused with a request for a hard-boiled, peppermint-flavored sweet," Hare-Scott added.

Source: ANI
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