The Use of English Slang Words in Informal Communication Among 8th Semester Students of English Department in Binus University


  • Muhartoyo Muhartoyo Bina Nusantara University
  • Baby Samantha Wijaya Bina Nusantara University



English slang, communication


English slang is often used in informal communication. The purposes of this study are to find out the reason of using English slang, how students acquire English slang, and what kind of slang that they mostly use. This study uses qualitative method with the paradigm of experimental design to obtain quantitative data which are then analyzed using interpretative analysis. To collect the data, writers distributed questionnaire to 30 respondents randomly. The findings show that more than half of the respondents say that the reason behind the usage of English slang words is to cut down the time when talking, texting, or tweeting. TV and film are the most frequently used source for acquiring English slang words. The type of slang word which is most frequently used by the respondents is acronym. The result of the analysis also shows that although all respondents say that they know and think English slang words are interesting, more than a half of respondents say that they seldom use English slang words in communication. They still use standard words in informal communication. It is also found that English slang words that they acquire are not many. When they were ordered to write other English slang words they know and use, many respondents answered just one or two words; and even three respondents wrote nothing.



Plum Analytics

Author Biographies

Muhartoyo Muhartoyo, Bina Nusantara University

English Departement, Faculty of Humanities

Baby Samantha Wijaya, Bina Nusantara University

English Departement, Faculty of Humanities


Adams, M. (2009). Slang: The people’s poetry. Indianapolis, Indiana: Oxford Press.

Akmajian, A., Demers, R. A., Farmer, A. K.., & Harnish, R. M. (1998). Linguistics: An introduction to language and communication. 4th Ed. London: The MIT Press.

Finegan, E. (2008). Language: Its structure and use. 5th Ed. USA: Thomson Wadsworth.

Fromkin, V., & Robert Rodman. (1998). An Introduction to Language. 6th Edition. Fort Worth, TX: Harcout Brace College.

Haas, C., & Takayoshi, P. (2011). Young People's Everyday Literacies: The Language Features of Instant Messaging1. Research in the Teaching of English, 45(4), 378-404.

Holmes, J. (2000). An introduction to sociolinguistic. 2nd Ed. Malaysia: Longman.

Merriam Webster. (1991). The Merriam-Webster New Book of Word Histories. Springfield, Massachusetts: Merriam-Webster.

Partridge, E. (1979). Slang to-day and yesterday. London, Boston and Henley: Routledge & Kean Paul.

Questionnaire name – questionnaire on english slang. (n.d.). Retrieved from

Rizvi, M. A. (2006). Effective Technical Communication. New Delhi: Mc Graw Hill.

Shahraki, S.H., & Rasekh, A.E. (2011). Check This One out: Analyzing Slang Usage among Iranian Male and Female Teenagers English Language Teaching, 4(2), 198-205.

Slang questionnaire. (n.d.). Retrieved from






Abstract 3734  .
PDF downloaded 4838  .