A student poses holding a mobile phone displaying slang words that she uses, in east London.
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Sitting on the floor of a rehearsal room in east London in leggings, T-shirts and headbands, a group of teenage dancers laughed about how quickly their language changes, rattling off "old" words still unfamiliar to many older English speakers.The language used by the members of the East London Youth Dance Company, whose ages range from 14 to 19, is an example of what has been termed "Multicultural London English" by academics – a way of speaking born from the melting pot of immigrant communities in the capital and spreading rapidly throughout Britain.Though it emerged only in the last three decades, among young people the dialect has largely replaced the traditional London Cockney famed for its rhyming slang.Experts say that the London lingo could indicate the way that other languages will evolve in the future.
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