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Teaching SlangSlang and idioms are a crucial part of the modern English language. Most native speakers aren?t even aware of the amount of slang they use in their daily life. It is important to acknowledge the difference between idioms and slang, their importance in and outside of the classroom and different techniques in teaching them to students. It will be beneficial to define the difference between slang and idioms. ?Slang is Nonstandard vocabulary of a given culture or subculture. In other words, slang is typically a nonstandard word, not a phrase as is an idiom.? (1) While an idiom is ?A phrase that is commonly understood in a given culture or subculture to have a meaning different from its literal meaning.? (1) So slang words are usually made up or nonsensical. Going bonkers and playing hooky are examples of slang. While phrases like having a cow and killing time are idioms, as they are phrases that mean something else when taken literally. In essence both slang and idioms preform the same function in the English language, and students will be at a loss without knowledge of common slang and idioms. The importance of slang and idioms are clear in everyday language. While some teachers may shy away from using and teaching slang, as it is seen as a product of vulgarity