is language sowing its wild oats
. Most of it lives but for a day or two; some of it reforms, is accepted, and becomes permanent. Avoid slang as much as possible. Never use it unless you have its better equivalent in reserve. But do not despise slang. It is sometimes pointed and expressive. It is often the means of establishing congenial relationships.
The majority of people understand and appreciate such
expressions, such as: "It's up to you
," ... "He made good
," ... "I sized him up at once
There are degrees of slang. The lowest are vulgar, and are called vulgarisms
. They are forbidden in all decent and polite communication. Some of the higher forms are typical of our best American life and spirit. Every language has its slang, and it is oftentimes the best possible interpretation of the pulse and temperament of the people who use it.