Words in English public website
LING 216 course information
Rice University
Prof. S. Kemmer

Some Characteristics of Slang

These are some features that define a 'prototype' slang word or expression. They are not necessary or sufficient conditions to call something slang, but define a 'prototype', the human kind of human category. The more characteristics of slang a word has, the better example it is of slang.

© Suzanne Kemmer