At Mountain Sky Junior High in Phoenix, Principal Linda Marlar plans to teach teachers the difference between “dawg” and “dawging,” so they know what current slang is “aiight.” The Arizona Republic reports that Marlar is “hip to the lingo of today’s young teenagers.”
Marlar talks with teachers often about issues involving slang and what’s acceptable and what’s not, not only in classroom discussions but also in writing assignments.
“Wack” is not an acceptable word for “weird” or “inappropriate” in an essay, especially on the state’s annual exams. Compliment a student on her “slammin’ new kicks,” or shoes.
But Marlar cautions teachers not to overreact if kids use the word “pimp” as a verb, as in “pimp my backpack,” because they’re not referring to prostitution but accessorizing. The term was made popular by MTV’s Pimp My Ride.
She’s planning a training session on slang for teachers when school starts again Aug. 14.
“I school ’em; I learn them well,” Marlar said.
In jest, I hope.
Gadfly points out that using kids’ slang — “jocking the style” — is a fad that is no longer tight.
When I was in high school in the late ’60s, I wrote an essay parodying adults who try to keep up with teen-age slang. I used standard English which I’ve found very useful over the years. It is, as we used to say, my “bag.”