Let's Talk with Terry Ambrose
Let’s talk language…no, not that kind
Let’s talk language. No, not the kind that requires asterisks and exclamation points to make it printable. I’m referring to the lexicon of our lives—the words we use and that very unwriterly obstacle called slang. As a writer, I’ve adopted slang with open arms. But my language wasn’t always so flexible.
In high school, I was convinced I wanted to study and work in the world of physics. I was what might be called a square peg in the very round world of the 60s. Fast forward a couple of decades, and my language set was hit with a big challenge. Valley girls. Almost overnight, the word “like” went from indicating an emotional attraction or one thing being similar to another to a placeholder word.
I still remember the first time my wife started throwing around the word. I cautioned her that she would not be taken seriously in business if she “started sounding like a valley girl.” Oh, brother. Was I ever wrong.
Like wasn’t my first language challenge, though. I’d successfully resisted the pull of the beatniks with their anti-materialistic beliefs and habit of referring to other males as “man.” Eventually, I did succumb when I realized that some of my rigid corners had started to round out. I never did get into bro, but when we were visiting Hawaii, I found myself dropping plenty of “brahs” into my speech. (Sigh…I know, it’s like, a thing. Right?) But “man,” “bro,” and all the others soon gave way to the infamous “dude.”
The last of my defenses crumbled near the time when dude basically went viral. No longer did it refer solely to a city slicker. It was now a cool form of address, one that I adopted about the time I started writing. As I was forced to confront words deliberately put on a page, reality set in. I could no longer be a square-corner kind of guy. It was time for my language and my writing style to evolve. Dude was the word that did it. It caused me to realize that I was one of those people who think slang helps differentiate people and what drives them.
In my brand-new release, DEAD MEN NEED NO RESERVATIONS, I use different words in the language streams for Rick Atwood and his young daughter Alex to differentiate them. See more HERE
What about you? Do you like using slang? If you’d like to win a copy of my newest book, Dead Men Need No Reservations, leave a comment. If you use your favorite slang in a sentence in your comment, you’ll qualify for a bonus gift!
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