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Third of millennials don’t understand classic slang like ‘wally’ & ‘bonk’

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MORE than a third of millennials do not understand classic slang such as “wally”, “bonk” and “cad”, research reveals. One in five don’t even know what “randy” means.

One in five don’t even know what “randy” means.

Nearly a third of 18 to 30-year-olds are confused by “nincompoop” and 40 per cent are baffled by “sozzled”.

A third of over-50s say they feel sad that these words are dying out.

But 40 per cent of all age groups believe it is right for some insulting or old-fashioned words to be consigned to history, the survey found.

Other words that foxed many younger Brits were “yonks”, “tosh”, “swot”, “brill”, “kerfuffle” and “disco”.

Evie Porter, from researchers Perspectus Global, said: “Many words are simply losing favour, with millennials having no idea of their meaning.”

Language guru Dr Rob Drummond, of Manchester Metropolitan University, said the young were always responsible for changing language.

He explained: “They use slang to bond with each other. It’s a way of identifying with each other within groups. They are creating their own way of speaking.

“That’s why you always get that excruciating moment when parents start using their slang with their kids — but it’s already 20 years out of date.”

Katie Price and Dreamboys star Al Warrell take part in an urban dictionary challenge on YouTube

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