Talk about a beautiful mind. Here’s the transcript of Grant’s chat about whether slang is degrading English. It’s on Anu Garg’s Word-A-Day site. A sampling of Grant’s thoughts on the matter:
Look, degradation is, in some ways, about reducing the level of discourse, which slang almost always does. But! That degradation is not permanent. Slang is declawed, domesticated, and before you know it is lounging by the fire lapping up cream.