Hey, Sixteen! What’s Gucci?

5 May

Does language shape personality, or does personality shape language? What slang words and phrases do you commonly use with your friends? How do slang words create a sense of community or culture?

For this assignment you will need to interview 2-3 students and write your response to this questions in 1-2 paragraphs as a comment on this post. Include a list of slang words that are used by the people you have interviewed.

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26 Responses to “Hey, Sixteen! What’s Gucci?”

  1. Kiara Benson May 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    Fudger
    Poffy
    (We don’t address each other by their real names. We call them their names mixed with slag or by their last name)

    Et

    What’s good
    O.D.
    NO!!!!
    What are you doing?
    sup u fudger

  2. margaritaluna May 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    Personality shapes language because depending on how you are and were raised you would speak the same way. For example, when you are in school your personality is supposed to be more respectful so your language is a lot more respectful and appropriate for school. When you are outside of school you are a lot more free to speak the way you want and dont have to be so uptight about what you say. Some of the slang words that I use with my friends are “word, whats up, mad, dito,hype, twisted.” Slang words create a sense of community and culture because when people specially teenagers are using the same words it makes it easier to communicate with each other and it creates a sense of our own type of unique language that only that certain group of kids use.

    Some of the words that the teenagers that I interviewed used are “swag, ma, o.d., stranga, whats up, word, o.d., a yo, beasting, whats good, whats popping, dead ass, chill, and cop.”

  3. noahboa May 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    Personality shapes language more than vice versa, however they both do occur. Language is simply a representation of the ideas one has (created by personality) and the attempt to express them. Therefore, language is going to be unique to a group of personalities or a culture with ideas and situation unique to them that must be expressed.
    Slang words that are used are, “was good, was poppin, word, deadass, on the real, na, fux, chill, swag, cop, bag, watup, fall back, buggin, brib, booze, graff, bombing, spot, free crib, brew, bud, nug, dank, pipe, smash, hitit, get it in, get it, ballin, lowrider, deuces, peace, later, iight.
    The sense of community this creates is taken for granted. When a foreigner who speaks basic english encounters our group, and we have to consistently refrain from using the words we would normally use, we start to realize how unique the dialect is that we have created. It is incredible. It is a beautiful aspect of a great subculture of graffiti, hip hop, sexual dancing, and all kinds of great, fun rebellion.

  4. kellyikiyo May 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    Everyone,
    1. Hey, what’s up?
    2. Hello
    3. Hey yo
    4. Nyan
    5. Meow
    6. Hi
    7. (insert name)
    8. Ohai
    9. what’s good
    10. How you doin’
    11. U mad? (if I see someone mad)

    Language does shape personality, because someone who is formal would say “Hello, good morning/afternoon, how is your day.. ” etc. but for someone who is more outgoing or anything, they say “What’s good” and etc. Normally I say what’s good and etc.

  5. Liam Wahl May 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    List of Slang Words

    Swag
    Dank
    Bag
    Cop
    What’s good
    Word
    Chillin
    Props
    Smash
    Mad

    Slang words are a very big part of New York City Culture. Kids vocabulary now a days are heavily incorporated with words that aren’t technically real. I think that by using slang words it creates a community because in some situations it could be a word that only you and your friends use, which creates sort of a circle, that only have meaning to you. Slang becomes a part of every day words that many people can’t avoid using.
    Slang creates culture because depending on the place you are in, people will use specific words. As an example for New Yorkers a commonly used word is “mad.” You could say something like, ” Yo i had mad fun last night. But in other cities or places that is not the word you usually hear. In California the word is “hella.” People say, “that was hella fun,” which to us seems like such a “west coast saying.” Culture is created by words that create a relationship between a group of people.

  6. sdl2207 May 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    The slang words that me and my friends uses is
    -Homie
    -Son
    -wass good
    -yo
    -il
    -dead ass
    -na
    -chillin
    -wrd
    – peace
    -later
    Other classmate use different words in slang . When people in my class greet one another with wass good and peace out or later. I think that personality shapes language cause if you grow up in different places you’re gonna talk the way that they teach you how to talk.

  7. sfh8170 May 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    Language shapes personality in many ways. From todays lesson a girl was raised by dogs from the ages 3 to 7. She ended up doing everything that dogs will do bark, walk on 4 legs, and eat what they eat. She didn’t know anything about America or who her true parents were. This shows how language can shape your personality about everything.
    To communicate with my friends we use a lot of slang words to understand each other even when they are an insider thing. Slang words create a sense of community and culture in many ways. It brings together people to become friends or something even closer way to hide jokes about people that are there.
    -wats good
    -wats gucci
    -wats prada
    -swag
    -cop
    -bag
    -pipe
    -pass
    -im good
    -we out
    -nipple chop

  8. skv3398 May 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    Andre Williams;

    Language shapes personality because you are what you say

    Mah son, Mah Boiii, Baby Gur, wass good,curses excesivly.

    Slang word from a community make a culture because you are imitating what you have seen.

  9. maxswietnicki May 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    1. Hey, What’s up?
    2. Hello
    3. Hey yo
    4. Nyan
    5. Meow
    6. Hi, (insert name)
    7. Ohai
    8. What’s good?
    9. Mah son!
    10. How you doin’?
    11. Umad? (If someone is mad

    I think that language shapes personality because it’s what you are exposed to when growing up. It changes how you speak, and how you speak changes how you behave.
    I think that personality does not shape language, because you aren’t going to change a whole language by speaking a certain way. Even if you invent your own slang it does not mean that it will change the language.

  10. biancaconcepcion May 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    I think that language does shape personality because it is apart of your surrounding. When people have multiple forms of language I think they have multiple forms of personality. Some slang words I use is homie or stop it 5 or leggo. I think that slang words does create a culture among young people.

    I interviewed Andre and Raina. Andre believes that language shapes personality because it is apart of your surroundings. Andre uses many slang words some bad and some good. Such as “thats my boy or homie” or when he is trying to get a girl he will say “ayo baby girl.” He thinks that slang words sort of shows what type of enviornment you are from and grew up in. Raina feels that language does not shape personality because it is a form of communication. She thinks that it is something you learn and does not have to be apart of your personality. Some slang words that Raina use is “my son,” and “swag.” Raina feels that slang is more for younger people and creates a different culture among younger people.

  11. elizabethfranqui May 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    I interviewed Kenneth and he said that language doesn’t affect him as a person but as a friend of his I know that he uses a lot of slang. A lot of the words he uses are “yo” “my son” and he curses a lot. I think that knowing him allows me to see how he puts these words into context. Sometimes he uses slang that I don’t even know but I think that the words he uses creates an image of him, his language gives him a personality in my mind, making me see that language shapes culture from a perception of another person.
    Jackson is another student who seems to use slang pretty often. He uses greetings such as,”what up” and goodbyes such as, “peace” or “dueces.” This is because he is a laid back kind of guy and who he is and how he was raised and stuff, does change the way he speaks and this make me see that culture does affect speech. I use many of these slang words and also “swag” and “son” and “yo” and a lot of other silly words. Something I learned from my friends and others I just started to say because it fit in with my personality. Personality shapes culture and vice versa.

  12. ske0718 May 5, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    My name is Katherine Espinal and I personally do not use any slang words. Except for the occasional “whats up”, like some of my classmates. But on the other hand there are some that use it on a daily bases but do know not to use it in class. After interviewing some of my classmates I found out some of the most commonly used words. For Jonathan G. his slang words would be “swag” “ma” “od” “stranga” and etc. For Andre his list would be “whats good” “my boy” “my homi” “eh yo” and when trying to talk to a girl the occasional “baby girl”.

    Which concludes that personality does shape language because living in one of the most diverse places in the world we are exposed to so many different languages so how are we suppose to pick? Through our personalities!

  13. benjaminrodriguez2112 May 5, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    Guzman:
    oh ship
    stranga
    Was gud
    wassup
    what’s gucci
    ma son
    wavy

    Manuel:
    yo
    word
    OD
    hyped

    Margarita:
    hyped
    mad
    wassup
    word
    dido
    twisted

    I believe that culture shapes language because the language that is spoken with our friends and family is our culture. Our culture’s language with all the “ma son!!!”, and “wassups!!!!” is our form of communication. We learned to talk this way due to our culture not the other way around. Our culture is our way of life and if we are brought up in the “ma son!!!” culture then that’s what we are going to say.

    • Mrs. Pullman May 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

      It’s fun looking over your list of slang words. I can’t think of a lot of slang that we use off the top of my head, but I’m sure I can come up with some Utah-isms if I think about it. I’ll get back to you.

      But, please, I must know- what is ‘what’s gucci’? I’m coming up with some pretty funny guesses in my head, but I’m sure I’m waaaaay off….

  14. skb2138 May 5, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    Personality shapes language more than language itself shapes personality because after language is nothing but a form of communication. The define of language is a form of communication that abides by certain rules in such a way that many people can understand each other. Throughout history we have seen how language has changed. Language has changed so much to the point where even reading certain English books is hard even though they are both the same language for example Oliver Twist. While in the World Lit course it was stated that many students had not done as well in the class because they ad trouble comprehending the book Oliver Twist which is a book that is written much older English and therefore it includes a lot more wording and larger words. In cases like these is clear to see that language has changed to fit the more simplified personalities of people now. Now a days people have gotten into the habit of want to complete things as fast and efficiently as possible so therefore language has become a lot more simplified.

  15. skb2138 May 5, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    Personality shapes language more than language itself shapes personality because after language is nothing but a form of communication. The define of language is a form of communication that abides by certain rules in such a way that many people can understand each other. Throughout history we have seen how language has changed. Language has changed so much to the point where even reading certain English books is hard even though they are both the same language for example Oliver Twist. While in the World Lit course it was stated that many students had not done as well in the class because they ad trouble comprehending the book Oliver Twist which is a book that is written much older English and therefore it includes a lot more wording and larger words. In cases like these is clear to see that language has changed to fit the more simplified personalities of people now. Now a days people have gotten into the habit of want to complete things as fast and efficiently as possible so therefore language has become a lot more simplified and less complicated.

    Some of the slang terms that teens use include…
    -yo what’s gud
    -yo that’s O.D.
    -sup u fudger
    -Ya tu sabe
    -Wassup
    -What’s happenin’
    -(Placing Dude after just about everything they say)
    -(Calling people nicknames that incorporate so of the things that they do)

  16. jacksontuck May 6, 2011 at 1:37 am #

    I think that personality shapes language, more than language shapes personality. I think that if a person has a really “ghetto” personality, they will speak as if they are really “ghetto” they wont just magically become “ghetto” if they start to talk it. And people who act very “proper” will speak it. But the same thing goes for speaking “proper” as for “ghetto”.
    Many students in our school use lots of slang. much of the slang that they use are things such as, “Whats good, aiight, whattup, deadass, chill, deuces, beast, ballin, yo, peace, and buggin.

  17. unknownking15jg May 6, 2011 at 1:58 am #

    Culture shapes personality for many reasons. Culture shapes personality because as a person gets older, they are not categorized to know a language based on their personality, but a language characterizes the way a person acts. As Ms. Fay showed us the video of the girl who got abandoned by her parents at age 3, and then was saved and raised by dogs. The girl was raised for 3 years by the dogs and learned how to crawl, bark and eat like a dog. I am not certain if she actually knew how to communicate with the dogs that she grew up like I communicate with people with my English and my Spanish speaking languages.
    I interviewed Margarita, Kenneth and Ben and found out what kind of slang word they use on a daily basis. Margarita uses: wassup, mad, ditto, ew, twisted, pissed and hype. Kenneth uses: smacked, boss, mad, bopped and wavy. Ben uses: ayo, beasting and wassup. The English slang words that I use when I am with my friends are: ma, boss, stranga, swag, my son and sike. The Spanish slang words that I use in Spanish are: dique and loco. A few of these words I have heard being used by many other people and it is probably why I choose it to use it in person. I know when, who and where I am not supposed to use these slang words and I think the people who uses the words know as well. I try to not use these words a lot because I would not want to make it a habit to use slang words in front people that I should not use it to such as teachers. Slang words create a community and culture because margarita told me that many of the few slang words that she uses she has not heard someone in Miami has ever said, other than her. In addition, Dominicans use the words dique” and “loco” which many other nations that speak Spanish do not use. So that is the way slang words create communities and culture.

  18. Karen Gallegos May 6, 2011 at 3:04 am #

    From the interviews, I noticed that language shapes personality in most situations. However, it could be both since personality could be created by a individual in the sense of their style and the way they act towards people in different occasions but language could also be created when people learn a new language or use slang words (dialects) to communicate with a group of people throughout time. But when it comes to language shaping personality, it depends on their surroundings and the way you were raised based on the things you were taught by your parents, depending on someone’s culture.
    The way people this days create a sense in community or culture is by, in most part teenagers, creating a group of words that whenever someone comes to learn our language they learn the language and get used to the words we use. It is a dialect since we don’t talk the real American English but we used words that would associate to something that we will normally start using it.

    Examples:
    aight, ight
    all that
    bangin,
    bagged
    blew up the spot
    beef
    deuces
    def
    cuffed
    taken
    get down, get loose
    wassup, wat up
    playa
    hater
    swag
    buggin
    chill
    smash
    peace
    latah
    was poppin
    werd

  19. Jonathan Rodriguez May 6, 2011 at 4:23 am #

    Personality mostly seems to shape language. This is because as people develop their personality, they create new words to express their reactions to certain situations. For example, when something bad happens to someone, one who is inclined to mock other people’s failure would exclaim “you tight!” or “you mad!” A person’s personality would also affect things like the way people greets each other. There are those who are more calm and would simply greet people with a “hey,” “hello,” “hi,” or some other “normal” variant on the word. However, there are also those who would greet people with a more exuberant “MY SON!” By creating such greetings and slang terms, people create a common dialect that they can use to communicate with selective members of that group. Via code switching, people can change their dialect to the dialect appropriate to certain groups. In this way, language also influences group interactions and can be an indicator of a certain group or culture.

    List of Slang Terms:

    “whats up?”

    “yo”

    “you tight”

    “you mad”

    “swerd”

    “ohai”

    “swag”

    “MA”

    “stranga”

    “oh ship”

    “boss”

    “gassed”

    “hyped”

    “MY SON!”

    “O.D.” (also spelled “Oh-dee”)

  20. mgonzalez May 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    Personality shapes language because people style will turn into a new version of the language. Proof is for example words like yo, swag, did not exist 100 years ago. As years past the englsih dictionary grows as a result.

    LIST

    Jonathan
    Yo
    MA
    Swag

    Ben
    Watsup
    A yo
    Mad

    Kenneth
    Yo
    Smacked
    Wavy
    Swag

  21. hannahatoynatan May 12, 2011 at 12:37 am #

    In my opinion, personality shapes language. Your personality is shaped as you live your life, are exposed to the world and develope your own opinions. You say the things you say because of the way you are. In other words, you say the things you say because of your personality. To have language and sayings of your own that you constantly use you need to have personality.

    Some slang words that are used by my friends and i would be, kermen, swag, slime ball, smacked, zooted, mad, dank, herman, kermie, trash, brick, sippington, lickington, cop, coppington, case, fronting, randy, etc.

    I feel like slang words create a sense of culture and community for the people i hang out with because the words in a way connect us. Because we all use these words and laugh with eachother it makes us feel closer. If some people don’t know what a word means when we use it it makes us feel even closer to the people in our group (people that say the words as well) because its almost like a secret. A secret language, something that you and only specific people know about seperates us from everyone else making us a community of our own simply because we use the same words.

  22. christanag May 12, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    I think that language shapes a persons personality because the way you speak to someone helps identify what kind of person you are around certain people. Slang words create a culture/ community because there can be certain people who understand what you mean when you say slang words and other who don’t and you usually tend to hang out with people who understand you. And when you are with your friends, people tend to make up words or phrases.
    Slang words that I use and other people around me use are

    Chill
    whats up
    whats good
    whats poppin
    my son
    macin, mac
    flee
    pop
    swag
    smacked
    wavy
    yo
    bread
    bad
    sauced
    ode
    mad
    hyped
    and lots more.

  23. AWilliams May 13, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    What slang words and phrases do you commonly use with your friends? How do slang words create a sense of community or culture?

    I think personality shapes your language because you are what how you talk. If your a well educated person you will naturally speak educated. It’s the same way if you uneducated. Slang words create a sense of culutre because that is something everybody believes in. The community isn’t nessarily shaped by slang because someomne can go anywhere and say things but that doesn’t categorize the community.

    Andre
    Baby Gurl
    Yo
    Ma son
    Home

    Kenny
    Yo
    Smacked
    Wavy
    Swag

  24. cvflores May 13, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    Does language shape personality, or does personality shape language? What slang words and phrases do you commonly use with your friends? How do slang words create a sense of community or culture?

    I think that language shapes personality because one is not born knowing a language, One must learn how to speak a language after he or she is born. I don’t really us too many slang words and phrases when talking to my friends. The ones I use the most are: chill and what’s up. Slang words create a sense of community and culture because some communities are based on slag words

  25. Shelbee May 19, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    Some of the slang language that I use are not normally bad… I personally don’t swear so it all depends on what is said…
    Your mom
    Yo
    Hiya
    Sup
    O
    Mmk
    Lol
    Haha
    Hehe
    G2g
    Texting is very big for teenagers and most talk in text… It sometimes bugs me but I also do it but I don’t really realize

    Love Shelbee

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