DALLAS, TEXAS—Linguistic experts say young women are leaders when it comes to trends in language. They say young people are much more open to innovation with language. It’s a way of relating to their peers and building relationships through language. They say we shouldn’t brush it off so easily.
We met some young women at UT Dallas who told us they have some unique sayings.
“With my friend I use Gucci. Like, It`s all Gucci, it`s all good,” said student Liz Padilla
What these young women are saying may sound like a hot mess. But peeps who research language say we should all just chillax.
“They aren't just ahead of the curve. They are often times making the curve,” said Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics Pete Unseth.
Experts say linguistic trends tend to start with young women, who are finding fresh ways to use words.
“My roommate says things like I haven`t seen her in a minute, but to mean, like a long time,” said Hayley McMillian.
Unseth says it's their speech patterns that become popular too. He says one patter is the use of “Uptalk' where all your sentences go high and sound like a question. Researches at Long Island University even identified the use a technique called vocal fry.
“You can tighten things in the throat and you can say inter-est-ing,” said Unseth.
Young men are hollering at us with hip slang too.
"Crunk, crunk-a-licious, crunkdified,” said student Apostolos Kyprios.
They say it gives them swagger. “You just gotta separate yourself from the quote on quote man,” he said. Unseth says it’s because the lingo eventually becomes mainstream through popular culture. It may all sound ridic, but shouldn't be stereotyped.
“They are making a decision to copy a particular form of speech and that will mark not their intellect, it`s marking their identity. It`s a deliberate choice of how to speak,” said Unseth.
He says it’s a code that comes with an unwritten set of rules.
“If I start using it then they realize they have to come up with a new word, because the boundaries are no long there,” said Unseth.
Unseth says young people want their props for being da bomb.
“When we`re handing out and just having a good time. We just come up with our own little language,” said Padilla
Unseth says most language trends pass with time. He says it can be harmless and fun as long as you know how and when to use it.