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m-a slang

Anna Argente and Tevita Langi

That’s hella chill rogue!! Students hear these words tossed around the hallways on a daily basis. These words are so commonly used that a lot of us don’t stop to think how they came about. MenloAtherton High School has brought out its own personalized Bay Area flavor. A foreigner to the area just wouldn’t understand our slang. Even some parents think slang is not proper enough and shouldn’t be used. English teacher Ms. Strub says that “slang is way for a disenfranchised group to be exclusionary. Since the 1920s, at least, youth in America have adopted their own music, clothing styles and language in order to shock and offend adults.” However, what these ‘haters’ do not realize is that slang is used to be more relatable to one another. Some parents, try as they might, just can’t get it right. They try to pick up on teenage trends. Abbreviating everything does not make you cool. Time has been a huge aspect affecting what kind of slang people use. Over the years


at Menlo-Atherton, there has been a wide range of slang words that people have used to express themselves. Strub continued to explain: “When I first started working here (in 1995), kids used “my bad” all the time. Thankfully, the phrase has faded away.” I’m sure many of you will agree. Slang words are derived from words that are used a lot in pop culture and relate to things that are popular for the time. Once disco clubs became lame, so did the word “groovy”. Today, students at Menlo-Atherton High School can be heard using a variety of slang words. If you are not from the “Yay” Area then you may have a hard time deciphering the language. Slang is like a code that students speak because most adults (and law enforcement) don’t understand. Speaking this way is just another version of freedom of speech. Having a different way of speaking shows that the members of MenloAtherton and the Bay Area have their own unique style and way of expressing themselves.

The MArk October 2010  
The MArk October 2010  

This is the October edition of Menlo-Atherton's student magazine. Doesn't the weather make you want to curl up by the fire with a nice copy...