Examples of slag
Examples of slag
Where does slag come from?
Outside of slang, slag refers to residue from the process of smelting, a method used to separate a metal from raw ore. This slag comes from a German root and has been recorded in English since the 1550s.
The British slang slag, for a “worthless or objectionable person,” is attested by the late 1700s. Its origin is unclear, but the smelting slag may have contributed a sense of “useless detritus.”
“This pack contains 9 servings”
*translation*: eat it all in 5 minutes you fat slag
— Kieran 🎡 (@kierandickinsoo) June 30, 2019
From this sense of “contemptible person,” slag expanded to all types of people or things considered unsavory. In the early 1900s according to Green’s Dictionary of Slang, we can find slag for a “rough person,” “nonsense,” and “petty criminal,”
One particularly extension of slag is slang for “prostitute” or “promiscuous woman,” equivalent to slut or whore. This sense emerges by the mid-1900s, and is considered offensive and sexist.
Another use of slag is as a verb, usually in the verb phrase slag off. This means “to verbally abuse (someone),” e.g., He was slagging me off by calling me an idiot. This use has been recorded as early as the 1960s.
The English rock band the Arctic Monkeys notably used slag in their 2007 song “Fluorescent Adolescent”: “Oh, the boy’s a slag, the best you ever had.” Here, slag is apparently characterizing a male as being sexually promiscuous.
Who uses slag?
While not as coarse as some slurs or swears, slag is considered offensive. When used of women, it’s even more insulting and can be considered sexist.
Do not understand why any girl would want to try talk to a lad who they can blatantly see has a girlfriend 😂 slags everywhere
— Shauna Pull (@shaunapullx) June 30, 2019
Slagging (someone off) isn’t a nice thing to do, but using the slang verb isn’t as offensive as outright calling someone a slang.
Imagine having a girl staying completely loyal to you and saying nothing but nice things about you as you sit in the other villa and slag her off to some random girl you’ve known a day. Poor Amber😩 #loveisland #loveisland2019
— Jasmine Hoyt (@jazzhoyt) July 2, 2019