Use of slang

Capitalk Reporter/ Melusi Buchirai |  2 months ago | local

Slang feature story

Kudhara ka ikoko, takaenda takaenda, check stance, ma one, mahorror !!! are the new street anthems for Generation Z, and slang has become the new norm. Language as a dynamic flow of spoken and written terms has made people create new meanings.

Looking closely at this generation slang is now the most used language, both formally and informally. This involves more playful words that are made to establish identity within social groups and the meaning of trends, places, people, and many things in general. In other terms, slang words say something about the attitudes of people groups and subcultures that uses them. Taking, for instance, words like “lit” and “dope” are used to express something good in a hip-hop surrounding.

Slang tends to change with time, location, and generation based on what will be topical or popular. Each week an expression or phrase comes up.

Though this trend sounds colorful to the youth, it has turned out to be a communication barrier for those who cannot understand, especially parents and old ages. Somehow, people are diverting from the proper pronunciation of words to the street lingo.

Such a development has seen young people failing to respect local languages, societal norms, values, professionalism within selected institutions, and communication exchange with parents or guardians.

Capitalk 100.4FM news spoke to the youths on how slang evolves in their different groups and the negativity associated with using that type of language.

Some parents commented that the use of slang has affected the way people visualize or recognize societal norms and values, particularly the issue of respect for the elderly.

We extended the microphone to teachers at selected institutions to share more impetus on the dangers of using slang in professional spaces and the best way to deal with the noted problems.

We also invited traditional custodians, Chief Mupamombe to speak on the matter and he maintained that cultured societies should not entertain slang because it compromises the moral fabric and actual identity of the indigenous languages. Chief Mupamombe said people must learn to guard their values, jealously.

In conclusion, everything evolving in Generation Z is turning out to be easier and fast, slang is a result of such flexibility. Everyone seems obsessed with copying up with trends, having to taste new things on the block, but forgetting who they really are. Normally it is important to appreciate new things that come up in life, however, people need to be careful when handling that. Slang might sound new and interesting but it has consequences that can lead to the death of local languages and culture, hence it needs to be controlled.

I am Melusi Buchirai reporting for Capitalk 100.4FM, in Harare.