Posted 27 April 2012 - 01:44 PM
This is a good question, StrongRolf. I think that you should include whatever slang you need to use to make sure that your story is interesting and your characters are authentic. Inevitably, slang changes from generation to generation (really from year to year), so it will get old more quickly if you use some of the less dependable slang terms, but no one holds it against J.D. Salinger if Holden Caufield says things that sound specific to his era. No one blames Mark Twain if his characters don't sound like they're modern anymore. If your novel is meant to capture the spirit and sound of a given time (like the present day), there is nothing wrong with dating it in that way. The alternative would be trying to avoid all slang, which runs the risk of feeling stilted or awkward, too. I think if you write good dialogue, this issue should resolve itself.