In a child's growing years, adults, such as parents and teachers are the child's primary models for grammar skills and standard speech. Through them, the child learns how to interact with other people and follow various styles of communication. In order to understand each other, they use dialogues as their means of communication. According to Giordano (2003), when a child grows, the importance of family becomes less significant. He also emphasized that peer groups are important to teenagers because they have the same age and social status (p. 90). Meanwhile, the teenage years are said to be the most critical period in one's development. This is the time when we experience many changes in our mind and body. This explains why youngsters are very energetic, responsive, and creative yet also impatient and rebellious. At this stage, peer groups affect what a teenager wants. It changes the person's actions, decisions and attitudes. In our generation today, peers have their own way of life, own vocabulary and dictionary that only teenagers can understand. One of those vocabularies they have is the word expressions. The dictionary defines expression as "something that expresses or communicates" ("The Free Dictionary", 2010). It is another way of communicating with others, one of which is the non verbal forms of communication like symbols, gestures and alike. In teenager's understanding, word expressions is not about the algebraic expressions or the idiomatic expressions we know; but for them, those are the words associated with vulgar words and at the same time having the different kinds of meanings. To be specific, nowadays, La Sallian students have their own expressions that only those students who belong in the same university can understand. Moreover, the expressions "OMG", "BV", and "Chill" are well-known in the university. In addition, each expression has meanings. In particular, the dictionary defines the word chill as a "sensation of cold accompanied with shivering" ("Merriam-Webster", 2010). The term "chill" has different meanings depending on the way it is used. It can mean coolness. But in La Sallian's way of life, the expression chill tells others to relax and not to worry.
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Things in this world have their origins. They not created through magic spells that will make them appear right away. For instance, how come that there are men and women are living on earth? Of course, they do have origins and they are created by God. Same with babies, they do not just exist immediately, but they are created inside the mother's womb. Same with the words we use in our day-to-day communication, they also have origins, or in deeper sense, etymologies. Based on the internet, etymology comes from the Greek word etumos which means real or true. Thus, the meaning of etymology is the study of the origins of words ("Fun with Words", 2010). However, not only humans, babies and words have origins, but also expressions. The expression "chill" comes from the PGMC word ciele which means "cold, coolness, chill and frost" while in PIE base, it is derived from the word kal which means to be "cold" ("Online Etymology Dictionary", 2010). Both the origin of the word is used to explain a noun form of chill that defines a sensation of coldness and moderately cold or chilly ("The Free Dictionary", 2010). On the other hand, the verb form of chill is derived from the word cele which means "hang out" and "relax". This verb form is commonly used by La Sallian students in expressing their feelings, and that makes the definition informal and slang. Furthermore, both definition of chill is accepted but only the noun form is popular globally. To prove, some authors use the formal word "chill" in books. Take the Hush Hush book by Becca Fitzpatrick for example. One of the lines used which highlighted the word chill was, "The hair at the nape of my neck stood on the ends, and the temperature in the room seemed to chill" (p. 14). Still, the author used the formal definition of chill that means freezing. Nevertheless, the expression is not just about the formal use of it, but also about the informal or slang that is well-known inside the De La Salle University. Based on the slang dictionary found in the internet, the informal chill has various uses like adjective, verb and noun. ("Online Slang Dicitonary", 2010). The noun form is very famous to everybody because it means coolness that one feels, while in adjective form, the word chill means great and awesome often use as a compliment whereas, in the verb form, the etymology of the word is still followed. But in today's viewpoint, particularly in people's expressions, it does not only refer the description "to relax or hang out", but it also intend "to calm down", "to be in good health" and "to reduce the practice of a harmful activity" ("The Online Slang Dictionary", 2010). Indeed, the etymology of the word is still the same since it was created, but the meaning of it changes as time goes by.
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From the song, "Everything happens for a reason" by Tracy Byrd, the line points out that "nothing happens by chance or by means of luck" ("Everything Happens for a Reason", 2004). This song indicates that life is unpredictable. Only God knows what will happen to us and He is the only one who decides in our lives. In addition, happenings or events on our lives are compared to a cause and effect relationship which means that one event causes the other event to happen. The first event is the cause while the second one is the effect ("Listening to Cause-Effect Relationships", p. 240, para. 1). So, once you do something, there is a corresponding consequence to it, either the good one or the bad one. For instance, a person who is sick did not cover his mouth and nose while sneezing; there is a tendency that the person beside him might as well receive the bacteria. In effect, the person beside him possibly gets sick and has colds. In like manner, expressions are very popular in our environment. When you hear it, there is a tendency that you copy and say it. It can have an effect to a person whether personal or societal. In personal aspect, once you got used to it, you can say more often. As a result, it changes your attitude as well as the view of other people to you. But in some circumstances, if you do not know any expressions, hence, your friend will think that you are a kill joy person. On the other hand, the societal aspect is somehow similar with the personal aspect but it involves different kinds of individuals and groups. As what Swindler (2010) stressed, society is the biggest form of clusters of individuals that share mutual interest, inheritance and beliefs (p. 57, para. 4). It is a large number of people who live in the same territory that are relatively independent of the people outside it, and participate in a common culture. This means that whatever color of complexion you have, whether you're big or small, tall or short, as long as you are living in your country, you are considered as a part of the society that share common interest and culture. For example, the term "Jejemon", a word used describe the people who have their own language, is popular in our country. It is trending right now. Hence, the effect of this is the view other people about them; others would just ignore it, or some will laugh at it. Without a doubt, the example stated above is alike with the effect of slang expressions in the society. There is a chance that one will counterfeit and say it.
The sudden change in our environment and the fast growing number of technology inventions emphasized that the world is changing and developing. The tick tock of the clock tells us that the time is changing quickly. As time passes by, inventions, discoveries and humans progress and transform. Similarly with the language we use; it also develops and changes through time. The most popular variety of our language today is the slang expressions that are defined as unusual use of words in a language, often created or imported from other words and language ("Hip Hop", n.d., para 1). There are so many slang expressions but I prefer to compare and contrast the words chill and cool. If you hear the words chill and cool, you would probably say that it is just the same, maybe because both words tackle about the feeling in a low temperature. But in today's generation, if you hear those words, they are different. The two have various meanings that is related in informal definition and used as slang. Chill in slang means great, okay, conducive of relaxation, and dank. Another meaning to it is to hang out. Others use chill in sentences like, "Don't worry about me, I'm chill" and "Let's go chill at your place" ("The Online Slang Dictionary", 2010). On the contrary, cool in slang is sometimes spelled as "kewl" that means very good, excellent, nonchalant, fashionable and acceptable. It is also used to emphasize large amount of money and debts that are settled. We use the term cool in sentences like this, "He's worth a cool million" and "Are we cool?" ("The Online Slang Dictionary", 2010). Certainly, the expression chill together with cool is used in informal conversations. The two seems similar, but the meanings are diverse.
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Indeed, the expression "chill" varies its meaning on the way it is used. It can mean coolness with shivering. But in La Sallian's way of life, the expression chill tells others to relax and not to worry that is used as a slang and informal definition. In addition, slang expressions are part of the Filipinos and La Sallian's culture. The students in this university follow what are popular, and one of those things is the slang expressions. Anyone can use it but be sure that it is in the right time and right place.