of the words slang
, to describe terms where the distinction between grammatical correctness
and common usage
has become somewhat blurred. AFAIK
first used by Rick Jolly
in the title of his book Jackspeak: the Pusser's Rum guide to Royal Navy slanguage
The Jargon File is an example of a lexicon of slanguage. Listening to any conversation between two or more geeks, it is apparent that (usually) good grammar is enhanced (or spoiled, depending on your point of view) by:
The language spoken by hackers is not anarchic. It follows its own set of rules and could be considered a sublanguage of English as a whole. (Insert your own lingua franca here.) Its psychological usage as a method of distinguishing in-group and out-group will not be discussed here, but it is evident that the saturation of the language with slang has altered the language in some way: hence, the result is a slanguage.