Many ethnic groups have developed their own slang as an informal way of speaking. Here are a few definitions of the more common slang words used by a few of the different ethnic groups in the U.S.
It is common for a group to share common slang words if they share a common culture, background, religion, or language.
Slang words are words that are outside of the regular, accepted language of the country. The words will be understood within a group and is one of the ways language evolves.
Slang is not jargon, advertising slogans, dialect, colloquialism, or catch phrases. It is also not graffiti or a special language made up and used by a secret group.
For the purpose of this article, we will look at Black slang, Mexican slang, and some other slang expressions that are hard to tend to tie to just one ethnicity.
Black slang is an informal way of speaking used mostly by African Americans. The slang, or the pronounciation of the word, may change from region to region in the U.S. Additionally, some slang words are unique to more highly-populated areas.
There are several sources online where you can find definitions of black slang words. One of them is: Ebonics Translator.com
Here are some examples of black slang from this and other dictionaries:
Mexicans are another ethnic group that frequently uses their own slang words and expressions. Many of them come from their Spanish language origin. Here are some examples from Mexico Guru.com:
Sometimes it is difficult to decide which ethnic group is the source for a particular slang word or expression. Here are some common slang expressions in the United States from recent years. These are from Alpha Dictionary.com which has slang words from each decade. The following words and expressions are from 2000-2010:
As you review slang expressions remember that some expressions become widely used in a particular area, and soon become a part of everyday language. Slang words can be a brand new word, a word with a different meaning, or an abbreviation.