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Humor--- One Big Characteristic Of American Slang 1892

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Humor--- One Big Characteristic Of American Slang

Contemporary American slang is a very complicated language phenomenon. It is a kind of very colloquial and extremely word style, which constitutes new words, new meanings or some figure of speech (Fengjian, 1987: 43), but humor is the most distinctive characteristic, which can be found in its vocabulary, grammar, phrases or expressions. This article attempts to make an exploration in the humorous language form and the rhetoric model function of American slang..
1¡¢Humorous slang language form
Language is a kind of social communicative instrument and humor makes it marvelous. The main purpose to use humorous slang language is to get a kind of comedic effect. In this aspect, there are some masters who are particularly good at language humor, such as Mark Twain in America, Stephen Butler Leacock in Canada, Charles Dickens in England, Lin yutang & Laoshe in China etc.. Since humor has gained so many great literature masters favor, it is sure that humor has its unique effect. It?s true that humor not only makes literature works colorful, but also makes a nation?s language lively and attractive. Just as Langston



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