Presentation on slang, jargon & tabbo words used in Bangla language
A very welcome to presentation
Slang, Jargon and Taboo words used
in Bangla Language
Adviser: Md. Mukibuzzaman Khan
Lecturer, department of MA in ELT,
Presenter: Md. Ziaul Islam
The term slang denotes the use of informal words or expressions that are not
considered standard in the speaker’s language and which are mostly used in informal
situations and easily identified. Slang is the identification mark of ones social
environment as well. Generally the use of slang does not depend on age but the
people in a group that are familiar with it like teenagers, youth or among the people
of the same ages . Sometimes it is usually taboo when speaking to people of higher
Slangs Literal meaning Intended meaning
Boinga (বইংজ্ঞা) Vagabond (ভাদাইম্মা) Alien
Aabe (আবেব) Meaninglessly calling
Home craft (কুটিটির
Household arts (as
Slang words with their meanings
Origin New words Code
Fatafati To describe
Abar jigai Asking
Kahini story Interesting
Shala Brother in
Friend To address
Bangla Quite new
Fao Free things Stupid talks
Jargon is a term that is used to describe a set of words that have a specific meaning in a
specific context within a particular community. Jargon, the terminology of a science,
technology, art, profession, trade, or craft. The term has also come to mean the “officialese”
of government. (Jargon is originally an Old French word meaning “warbling of birds.”)
The word ‘hen’ generally means a domestic animal but the criminals used as victim sign.
Similarly, ‘dal’ or pea is a daily necessary item but the drug addicted person(s) use it as
narcotic/intoxicant. The word ‘figure’ means image used by the biology student but math
students used it as amount. ‘Mamma’ (মাম্মা), what’s up? Generally this type of word
commonly used among the teen agers.
Taboos are those words and phrases which some people find shocking or offensive and
are generally considered inappropriate in certain contexts. They are often used in
situations full of emotion such as in an argument, making love, playing sport, in pain or
when one is under a lot of stress. Taboos vary from society to society depending on
beliefs, ethics and cultural distinctions. Labov (1972) said taboo words are mostly
found in adolescent peer groups in the age range of 9 to 18 years. Taboo languages can
also be referred as vernacular languages or non-official languages.
Calling a healthy person as an ‘ass’ (গাঁাধা) or retard (প্র্িতিবন্ধী), calling a Bangladeshi
citizen as indigenous (আদিদিবাসী), war-criminal (যুদি্ধাপ্রাধী/রাজাকার); calling a person as
In this research study, the participants were
The student of Dhaka City College (Bangla Medium) and Bir
Shreshtha Noor Mohammad Public College (English Version),
Chosen by convenience sampling
1 male & 1 female
o Time- 6 minutes
o Date- November 28, 2014
Background of interviewing
The purpose of this study was to understand why the youths expose slang, jargon and taboo
words in their daily life? Are they taking this new style as their sweet will? How do they feel
while speaking? Do they face difficulties from others while exposing? And what are the
sources of these words and whom with they generally share them?
Questions to participants
participant Bangla Medium): Are you familiar with the slang and taboo words that are
usually used by our youths?
Ans. Yes. I am aware of this words and I personally use them.
participant English Version): When do you use slang words?
Ans. In most cases, I use them with my friends in informal situations like outside of the class, get
togethering, outing and so on.
participant Bangla Medium): Do you thinkyouths are adopting these words consciously or
Ans. I thinkmajority of the youths are adopting themconsciously.
participant English Version ): Why do you think it is important to follow any
Ans. I think that it shows ones smartness and it is good to change style with the current
popular trend. I want to cope up with the changing environment and want to present myself
with a new look as well as to catches others' attention.
participant Bangla Medium): Do you thinkthis can replace our existing standard
Ans. I think it can definitely replace our own standard of spoken language. This style is like a
guest appearance and can change our real standard of spoken Bangla anyway.
participant English Version): Have you ever been used these words outside of you peer
Ans. Generally, I use themwithin my community but sometimes in the cinema hall.
participant Bangla Medium): What are the sources of the new words or style ?
Ans. I generally picked up new words and speaking style from my friends, neighbors, FM
Radio, satellite TV , social media and so on.
participant English Version): What do you think about the notion that the speakers of
this style represent certain social groups like snob, rich kids etc.
Ans. It may be true but I amagreed to some extent on this point of view.
There were 8 questions in the questionnaire that were given to the students
of Bangla Medium and English Version. The responses of the students were
positive. Throughout the interactions with the students of different
backgrounds, I came to learn that they are absorbing the slang, jargon and
taboo words consciously in most cases and use them inside their
community. They said it is an opportunity to expose oneself to others by
these type of verbal means and these verbal means are carried out by their
friends, neighbors, Radio, TV, social media and many forth. Though they are
criticized; they love to use them.
It can be observed from the findings that a great variety has been
noticed in speech style among the Bangladeshi youths, nowadays.
Throughout the research; it’s easy to find out that why the youths use
slang, jargon and taboo words in their daily conversation. The findings
show that the young generation feels proud speaking the style by which
they portrait their new image in the society. They also admit that this new
style of speaking is spreading in such a way that our very own style of
speaking is somehow losing its charm.
Limitations of the Study
o Very few of studies previously conducted in the field of Slang, Jargon
and Taboo words used in Bangla language.
o The research language was mixed.
o The participants were uneasy while speaking.
o Interview, therefore, findings may not be generalized to other
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