[tlhIngan Hol] Can't slang words be old words ?

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Wed Nov 9 05:43:19 PST 2016

On 11/9/2016 8:14 AM, mayqel qunenoS wrote:
> The klingon term for slang is {mu'mey ghoQ}, which translates to 
> "fresh words".
> But this confuses me. Can't a language (klingon in our case), possess 
> slang words which are pretty old ?
> A generation of teenagers grows up and stops using slang. But then the 
> next generation comes, adopts these words until the next generation 
> comes and so on..
> So, why is it necessary for a slang word to be "fresh" ?

We don't know. It could be a fossilized expression. The origin of the 
English word /slang/ itself appears to be uncertain: one theory says it 
originally meant "special vocabulary of tramps and thieves." It no 
longer means that, and yet we still use the word.


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