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Is slang sabotaging language?

09:44 UK time, Tuesday, 28 September 2010

The actress Emma Thompson has spoken out against the use of sloppy language saying that people who did not speak properly made her feel "insane". Do you agree?

On a visit to her old school, Ms Thompson told pupils not to use slang words "because it makes you sound stupid, and you're not stupid". She went on to say "There is the necessity to have two languages - one that you use with your mates and the other that you need in any official capacity."

Her concerns echo those of some linguists who have said some young people's language is becoming saturated by slang, leaving them ill-equipped to communicate in the wider world.

Does the use of slang words make you sound less intelligent? Has the use of sloppy language gone too far? Should slang be banned in schools? Do you have two version of the language that you use?

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