|Slang City Mail|
|October 28, 2004|
Slang of the
Week: slacker (noun)
Although the term has been around for over 100 years, slacker was not strongly associated with disaffected young people until the 90s. This new narrowing of meaning was popularized by Richard Linklater’s 1991 film Slacker, which told the story of social outcasts wasting time in Austin, Texas.
As it turns out, neither Stewart’s show nor his “slacker” viewers are exactly dopey (stupid). According to a survey by the Annenberg Center released a week after these remarks, the audience for The Daily Show actually knows more about election issues than people who get their news from newspapers or “real” TV news. Whether they are stoned (high on marijuana) is unknown, since it was not part of the questionnaire.
Slackers are a popular group of voters this year. Controversial documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has been on the “Slacker Uprising Tour” this fall, making personal appearances at college campuses to encourage voter registration. To convince them to participate in the election, Moore offered every man who registered three clean pairs of underwear. Apparently, he believes that female slackers have better hygiene, because their reward was instant ramen noodles instead.
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