The Slang Patrol

By: Philip B. Corbett | New York Times

Slang and colloquialisms have their place, for special effect or to deliberately convey an informal, conversational tone. But otherwise, they can seem trite or hackneyed, and can undercut the serious and literate tone we seek.

Strangely, kicking seems to figure prominently in our recent slang lexicon. All of these instances struck a discordant note in my ear:


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