English Language and Literature


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Holy Cowabunga, dude! You need to, like, stop having a cow, man! Does this sound familiar? In considering the extreme number of slang expressions that have infiltrated present- day English, it is no surprise that sayings such as these are so widely recognized. Cartoon shows and their characters have had an especially strong impact on the use and promotion of slang throughout the past century. With characters such as Bart Simpson and Beavis and Butthead leading the way, it has become nearly impossible to hold a conversation without using at least one word or saying that is a result of popular culture and its extensive influence. In the visibly increased usage of slang language, it has simultaneously become recognized that many elements of this construction have evolved and are still currently subject to changes in both meaning and connotation.

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