DAY 279 of 365 Days of Literacy for Kids:
Obsolete words are no longer in general use and may have fallen out of favor for nearly a century or more, but who says obsolete and rarely used words can’t be revived by kids who love words?
Today’s word is SLANGWHANGER ( slæng-whæng-gêr ), a noun derived from SLANG + WHANG = of language, loud and bellowing, documented as far back as the early 1800’s.
Kids will love the word slangwhanger because they know people who are slangwhangers… noisy, loud, unkind talkers.
Words that define BAD THINGS are interesting and intriguing to kids. These words give kids a sense of power over the BAD THINGS… and even a sense of funny.
The word slangwhanger gives kids a great word to put to the BAD BEHAVIOR of a loud, mean, rude, unkind trash talkin’ person.
Let’s take all the slangwhangers out there and put them in one big category! Try this one: There always seems to be a chief of slangwhangers who gets kids to do and say what he or she wants.
I hope you don’t have to use the word slangwhanger with your kids and grandkids today, but it’s there if you need it!
And join me each day here for OCTOBER OBSOLETE – 365 DAYS OF LITERACY FOR KIDS! – fun, easy and completely do-able!