Students should limit slang usage to reflect education, maturity

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Slang is lazy and makes those who use it look ignorant.

Students should refrain from using slang whenever possible and should expand their everyday vocabulary past popular lingo used among friends. Terms such as “ratchet,” “thirsty” and “salty” are lazy forms of language and should be eliminated from students’ vocabularies.

Constant slang usage is downright annoying. A strictly trendy vocabulary is not a standard students should hold themselves to. Student conversations should sound educated and eloquent—not like the newest rap track.

I occasionally use slang when all other words seem to fail me but still feelstudents should make an effort to move away from this type of language. Besides sounding uneducated, keeping up with new slang is time-consuming and exhausting. It is a constant struggle scrolling through Urban Dictionary, trying to make sense of whatever new word is trending on Twitter. Even worse are everyday words repurposed as slang. Time spent trying to be hip with the freshest lingo could be better spent doing something—anything—else.

Students should make a habit of speaking eloquently. Part of getting an education is trying to impress employers with one’s knowledge. If a college graduate goes to an interview, speech littered with slang terms can negate the positive impression of a degree. Students need to build good speech habits now before they enter the job market.

When students use slang terms constantly, it hinders their academics. Making good impressions on professors is just as important as impressing interviewers. It is kind of hard to come back from calling a literary character ratchet or sending an email to a professor in slang. Students need to build good relationships with their professors, and using slang is unlikely to help with that.

I can see how it might be draining to flip through a thesaurus to look for words, but the effort will definitely pay off in the end. Especially with electronic resources so widely available, students really have no excuse for using the word “salty” instead of bitter. Slang usage is indicative of laziness.

Additionally, a large amount of slang terms are used as put-downs. These terms are not harmless new lingo—they are often just old insults in disguise. Putting so much energy into finding new words to hurt others is a waste and indicative of a negative mindset.

Students should try to incorporate a larger vocabulary in their everyday lives. In addition to the academic and career benefits an expansive vocabulary can have, students should understand how regular slang usage can be harmful to the way others see them.