A tribute to and a lament for Marshall McLuhan continues. If he had lived Marshall would have been 100 on July 21, 2011. Join me in the countdown to his centennial, and an exploration of more of his observations on the way media work in the electric age in which we live.

The perfection of slang

Marshall McLuhan (1970, age 59).  Kids get it right every time.    

“Correct English is hot.  Slang is cool.  No child ever made a verbal mistake in slang.  He’s too involved to get it wrong.”

Me (March, 2011, age 58).  Unpersuaded?

Slang is more complicated than you might think.  In fact judging by this clip, the wonder is slang can be spoken at all.

 

Cordially, Marshall and Me

 

Reading: 

Marshall McLuhan, Culture Is Our Business, 1970, p. 86.

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Michael Hinton Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
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