That was the suggested topic from WP yesterday. I’ve thought a little about this, and I know for sure I say both “cool” and “awesome”. It’s so easy to slide into that habit, even though I thought in the beginning that ‘awesome’ was so hackneyed!
English is my second language, so I constantly want to increase my vocabulary. Before moving here, online stuff and TV were my two basic sources for ‘new words’. The thing about that is that I sometimes didn’t get it — meaning … I picked up oodles of words and expressions online, but I had no feeling for to what degree they were slang. To me, they were just … words. Situations can get hilarious when you know the other person is learning the language and all of a sudden a slang word gets mixed in.
I was talking with Gerry once online, before we met, and I told him about someone who had been in the «slammer». I’d heard that word somewhere and figured it was just another word for prison/jail … which it is, but it’s slang.
This same thing happened to me, but the other way around, in Swedish. We had many doctors working at the clinic, from other countries. One was from Bangladesh. His Swedish was … broken, to put it mildly, BUT he must have picked up one word from some Swedish person and he used it constantly, while dictating medical charts. It was something like what you say to little children about having a pee … like wee-wee. Where all the Swedish doctors would have used the medical term ‘micturate’, he said wee-wee and it never ceased to amuse me, because it was so unexpected.