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  •  There is some disagreement (4+ / 0-)

    as to where "slang" came from. Some say it's from a Scandinavian source --

    perhaps from a Scandinavian source, cf. Norw. slengenamn "nickname," slengja kjeften "to abuse with words," lit. "to sling the jaw," related to O.N. slyngva "to sling."

    But some think it came from the French langue or from another word that means "narrow piece of land."However, it's pretty much agreed that its use as we are using it dates to 1818.

    You can twist perceptions... reality won't budge

    by Purple Priestess on Sun Mar 20, 2011 at 07:09:29 PM PDT

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