Top 44 Slang Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Slang Quotes from famous people such as Brian Fallon, Ron Rash, Yolandi Visser, A.J. Styles, David Crystal, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

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When ‘American Slang’ came out, everyone was like, ‘This is the next big band in the world, and this is blah blah blah Bruce Springsteen Junior and blah blah blah,’ and I was just like, ‘I don’t know what that means. I don’t know. We’ll see.’
Brian Fallon
I love learning about different dialects and I own all sorts of regional and time-period slang dictionaries. I often browse through relevant ones while writing a story. I also read a lot of diaries and oral histories.
Ron Rash
Lots of people speak Afrikaans. It’s not a statement; it’s just a language that we use to communicate. It has its own flavour; it’s got its own slang. People laugh. People like it. They like us being open.
Yolandi Visser
At my house, it’s an, ‘If dad says it, you can say it’ kind of deal, so a lot of my slang words come off very childish at this point in my career.
A.J. Styles
You don’t usually get a compound word where the first part is a slang thing and the second part is a rather ordinary or formal thing – they don’t usually mix – but ‘gobsmacked’ is a perfect exception to that rule.
David Crystal
The downtrodden are the great creators of slang.
Anthony Burgess
I like to add props to render the specificities of place – paintings, food, clothing, signs, infrastructure, music, sayings and slang particular to the region and particular to the character. And props shouldn’t just sit there; they should get used.
Kaui Hart Hemmings
I really like language – and slang in particular, and just the shorthand we use when we communicate with people.
Brian Azzarello
My parents went through the dictionary looking for a beautiful name, nearly called me Banyan, flicked on a few pages and came to China, which is cockney rhyming slang for mate.
China Mieville
The gay community hated me for being part of Odd Future. They thought Odd Future was homophobic because they tend to use homophobic slang, and they were like: ‘How can you work for and support homophobes?’ But they aren’t homophobic; they just don’t really care whether you’re offended or not.
The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.
Carl Sandburg
About the only way you can find out about the common man, his slang, what he looked like, what he thought, is through the comic strips. It’s a powerful way for young people to learn history.
Mort Walker
All our efforts to guard and guide our children may just get in the way of the one thing they need most from us: to be deeply loved yet left alone so they can try a new skill, new slang, new style, new flip-flops. So they can trip a few times, make mistakes, cross them out, try again, with no one keeping score.
Nancy Gibbs
It’s not just my music. Not everyone just listens to grime now ’cause of Skepta. They like how we speak. They like the slang. They like how we dress. They listen to the music. It’s everything.
The British have slang words, as we do, but it was fun.
Dennis Farina
Writing a tribe is fun. They have their own language, their own slang; they repeat it, and it becomes part of the texture of the play. For a writer, that’s thrilling. That’s when my pen flies.
Laura Wade
I make up many words but we can go on for forever about slang words that E-40 created. That has always been one of my things since was youngster. I have always being creative with my words.
I boldly assert, in fact I think I know, that a lot of friendships and connections absolutely depend upon a sort of shared language, or slang. Not necessarily designed to exclude others, this can establish a certain comity and, even after a long absence, re-establish it in a second.
Christopher Hitchens
Ebonics is me. I’m the king of slang, hands down.
I love being in a public space where teenagers are talking. And the funny thing is that it hasn’t changed that much. There’s certainly slang that I’m not familiar with, but among the average teen, it’s still the same.
Marti Noxon
For me, ‘Jewishness’ manifests within my humor, slang, cynicism, culinary tastes, and the spirit of generosity ingrained in me.
Zoe Buckman
Almost half the adult population finds discussing the subject of money difficult. Slang words help us to navigate these conversations by making us feel more comfortable and confident.
Susie Dent
Scripture is the thing I like to share with people more than anything. My prayer reality is quite kooky. I have this very unique dialogue with the Lord. I utilize my own sort of street vocabulary – nothing slang that would be unacceptable.
Stephen Baldwin
‘Strong Island’ is slang for Long Island, New York. And it really grew out of – what may surprise people, it really grew out of the very vibrant hip-hop scene that, you know, is located and still generates artists out of Long Island.
Yance Ford
I don’t want to say which guard it was with the Bulls, but I would take the ball and he would come to me and say, ‘You are taking my bread.’ I didn’t know the slang.
Toni Kukoc
I know only two words of American slang, ‘swell’ and ‘lousy’. I think ‘swell’ is lousy, but ‘lousy’ is swell.
J. B. Priestley
That’s one of the ways language evolved, by some very obscure form becoming common usage. And I must say that I’m very intrigued by use of language and slang, and criminal underground terms.
Ricky Jay
I have always loved the fluidity of language – delighting in dialects, dictionaries, slang and neologisms.
Ben Schott
The only thing that kept us from going bigger worldwide was the language barrier. All the corn that we did on ‘Hee Haw,’ it was hard to translate into their slang.
Roy Clark
Slang has different functions: many of the words we use are playful and a lot are tribal – we speak the same way as the groups we are part of. A great deal are also euphemistic, so it’s no surprise that a third of us are perplexed by their meanings and origins.
Susie Dent
I’m really fascinated by lingos and colloquialisms that are outmoded and have gone by the wayside. I love the way people spoke in the ’30s, and the amazing slang of the mid-’60s and ’70s.
My mother wouldn't allow me to speak slang when I was g

My mother wouldn’t allow me to speak slang when I was growing up. But when I got outside, around my friends, it was ‘Yo’ and ‘That’s the joint’ and ‘Yo, what’s up?’ So I had my game for my friends and my game for my mom.
Queen Latifah
Ever since third grade, I had a notebook and was putting together words just for fun. I liked different etymologies, different slang that came out in different eras. Different languages. Different dialects.
MF Doom
We played a festival in Ireland once, and in the middle of ‘New Slang,’ the Scissor Sisters kicked in across the field on this mega stage. It was a little distracting. It was hard to keep track of what I was supposed to sing.
James Mercer
Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work.
Carl Sandburg
When you think about Puritanism, you must begin by getting rid of the slang term ‘Puritanism’ as applied to Victorian religious hypocrisy. This does not apply to seventeenth-century Puritanism.
Leland Ryken
Slang is really coded talk. I can say a few things, in front of somebody, that only people who know what I’m saying are going to pick up on.
It is too late to be studying Hebrew; it is more important to understand even the slang of today.
Henry David Thoreau
I speak a little Italian and Spanish because of where I grew up. I also am well-versed in Angelino slang and corporate Euro-speak. I don’t like gimmicks. The biggest gimmick of all is trying to fit in and be ‘normal’. I will always be myself no matter what. Crazy is a compliment. Flashback.
Benny Cassette
If you’re trout fishing in the lochs of Scotland, your catch may end up like this: batter-crusted with that ubiquitous Scottish staple, oats; and served beside a generous mound of stovies, Scottish slang for stove-roasted potatoes.
Jonathan Miles
Spell-check ruins my work. It fixes all my slang and dialect into standard English. So I’m caught in a tangle of technology that feels very foreign to me.
Ntozake Shange
In China, when you get to the airport everyone be talking in American slang.
Ike Turner
‘Chamalkay’ is an old Guyanese slang word. It means a ‘young mischievous girl.’ It’s not derogatory, but it isn’t over complimentary, either. It was probably a word I just Googled one day, and the song kind of played into the feel of that.
Dev Hynes
Other dances are like languages, like French or Spanish, but my steps are slang, and slang is always changing.
Savion Glover