General Linguistics

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Research exercise: define slang expressions

Each of the following words carries a specialized meaning, i.e. a slang sense in extremely informal social situations. Give a slang sense for each word:

(1) dork (n)

(2) fly (adj.)

(3) honk / honk up (v)

(4) kip (n)

(5) naff off (v)

(6) veg out (v)

(7) wig out (v)

(8) wuss (n)

(Based on Finegan, 2004: 342)