Don't be a didiot, just read on

7th August 2009 at 01:00

Meanwhile in California, just keeping up with new developments in the English language is exhausting enough. The newly published sixth edition of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) slang dictionary has left many confused.

If you have often felt like a "didiot" (stupid person) in the presence of your pupils, this publication may be the key to turning you into a "total G" (impressive person). Words such as "bootycall" (call or request to someone for some sexual contact) may be considered inappropriate to some, but linguistics professor Pamela Munro, who edited the dictionary, insists people should "chillax".

Compiled by UCLA students, some of the entries are specific to the culture of the university, but many will be well known to classroom teachers in the UK. Munro concedes that even after two decades of editing the slang bible, many of the words still manage to surprise her.

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