What are some examples of slang expressions

"Lassma" - the colloquial language


by Veronika Gstöttl

The so-called standard language differs from the colloquial language depending on the country and region in terms of expression, dialect and neologisms, which can arise through the influence of other languages.
The high-level language is, so to speak, the "basic structure", the colloquial language is created through daily use, in which the vocabulary is shortened or words are summarized for the sake of simplicity.
In large cities in particular, the influence of youth movements and the clash of many different cultures have resulted in a variation in the original language.

What is colloquial language anyway?

Have you also noticed that while traveling to an English-speaking country you can communicate and communicate, but sometimes barely understand the "native speakers"?
This can mainly be due to the colloquial language or youth language which, as the name suggests, is particularly influenced by the youth.
Colloquial language is the language that is used in everyday life and in dealing with the social environment. The language is adapted to daily use and is often greatly simplified or shortened. The emergence of neologisms, that is, word creations that describe everyday phenomena, is not uncommon. But it is basically what is spoken, not what is written.
It is also often small filler words that distinguish high-level language from everyday language. In German, for example, one of these youth language words would be “ent”. The phrase “ent much” describes a large amount of something. In this expression, the word "ent" is synonymous with "very" ".
There are also many examples of words that can replace an entire sentence. If something is very impressive, particularly astonishing, or occurs unexpectedly, the young people simply comment on it with a "crass".
In addition, the grammar in the youth language is greatly simplified. "Lassma", for example, in its abbreviated form not only replaces the statement "Let's go", but is also a question form of "Do you want to?"
As you can see, the colloquial language is definitely a creative and innovative modification of the high-level language we know. It is even assumed that further languages ​​of a language family were created in earlier times by simplifying and modifying an original language.
It is also important for colloquial language that it changes its characteristics from generation to generation. For example, nobody today would use the words “knotless” or “fete”, which were often used in the 1980s.
The youth language always serves the purpose of delimiting an age group, so 14 to 17 year olds converse in a different “language” than 20 to 25 year olds.
In addition, colloquial language should also be used to differentiate between youth and adults, which is why young people today do not use the same youthful words that were considered "cool" in the times of their parents.
Finally, a list of colloquial expressions and expressions from German:
Bring the sheep into the dry.- Completing a project successfully
I think my pig whistles!- What a surprise
It can stay where the pepper grows!- An exclamation when you are angry with someone
Hand in the spoon / bite into the grass.- to die
That's just the tip of the iceberg.- It's just a small part of a whole
If you would like to find out more about German colloquial and youth language, then simply search the Internet or one of the numerous books on this topic. The “Word Atlas of German Colloquial Language”, for example, offers a good starting point.

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