Slang consists of a constantly changing lexicon of non-standard words and phrases in a given language. It is usually associated with a particular group and plays a role in constructing its identity. It should be avoided in most types of writing (academic research papers, essays…) as sometimes, the use of certain expressions can be unfamiliar to the ordinary reader.
Nevertheless, slang is part of language and, of course, it is important to understand English speakers.
Below are examples of four online slang dictionaries:
- A Dictionary of Slang http://www.peevish.co.uk/slang/index.htm by Ted Duckworth. Online dictionary of slang from a British perspective.
- The Online Slang Dictionary http://onlineslangdictionary.com/ Dictionary of slang words, neologisms, idioms, aphorisms, jargon, informal speech, and figurative usages edited and maintained by Walter Rader.
- Slang Vocabulary http://www.slangsite.com/ American slang.
- Dave Sperling's ESL Slang Page http://www.eslcafe.com/slang/list.htmlv American slang.