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Teaching Slang and IdiomsWhy teach slang? Furthermore, why teach idioms? While the latter is more acceptable in an educational setting, both are still rarely mentioned in the english teaching curriculum. Perhaps teachers avoid slang because it is “informal,” and they think that it is therefore unnecessary to introduce in a classroom setting. However, the problem with that mentality stems from the fact that all languages, not just english, are informal to a degree, oftentimes spiced with their own brand of colloquialism. As english speakers, we do not carefully formulate and craft every single one of our sentences the majority of the time; if we did, we would sacrifice a great deal of time in order to achieve perfection. To further elaborate, what good is achieving perfection all the time? If each sentence one speaks is constructed perfectly and formally, the language itself will become staid and boring over time. Therefore, slang and idioms are oftentimes used in order to accentuate, stylize, or color the meaning of a sentence. In a sense, they are what make a particular language (or dialect, for that matter) unique and interesting. There is a considerable drawback for students who are not taught slang and idioms. Its use is highly prevalent in various media, whether it is in