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By such innovations are languages enriched, when the words are adopted by the multitude, and naturalized by custom.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Spanish novelist, dramatist and poet.

I've found that there are only two kinds that are any good: slang that has established itself in the language, and slang that you make up yourself. Everything else is apt to be passé before it gets into print.

Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) U.S. writer of detective fiction.

All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British journalist, novelist and poet.

Dialect words are those terrible marks of the beast to the truly genteel.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) British novelist, short story writer, and poet.

Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work.

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) American poet.