African American Slang: A Linguistic Description by Maciej Widawski

By Maciej Widawski

During this pioneering exploration of African American slang - a hugely casual vocabulary and an important element of African American English - Maciej Widawski explores styles of shape, that means, subject and serve as, exhibiting it to be a rule-governed, cutting edge and culturally revealing vernacular. Widawski's accomplished description relies on a wide database of contextual citations from hundreds of thousands of latest resources, together with literature and the clicking, song, movie and tv. it is also an alphabetical thesaurus of 1,500 consultant slang expressions, outlined and illustrated by way of 4,500 utilization examples. as a result of its colossal measurement, the thesaurus can stand on my own as a dictionary supplying readers with a competent reference of phrases. Combining scholarship with user-friendliness, this publication is an insightful and useful source for college students and researchers in linguistics and basic readers drawn to exploring lexical version in modern English.

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CB4, film, 1993) C’mon, it’s DC, I got to get mines [¼ get something that belongs or is due to me] (Washington Post, 2010) They said he’d never get on wax [¼ record a music album]. Well, I watched him mature in the studio (Philadelphia Daily News, 1987) Sharon is a tease, and the only way she can get her kicks [¼ have a good time] is to play men like suckers (New York Times, 2010) I told him he better get out of my face [¼ leave me alone] (USA Today, 2010) Another important group is noun phrases.

The very productive suffix word ass is used to form adjectival compounds to indicate a high degree of a specified characteristic or nature. ” Although used in general slang, this suffix word is more frequently used in African American slang. Its popularity may stem from its audacious and crude humor, as well as from the relative ease with which it can be attached to nearly any adjective. However, many compounds created with this suffix word have a rather ephemeral character (and are therefore not included in the Glossary).

Certain combinations have caught on, while others were merely improvised, spur-of-the-moment creations most likely doomed to be forgotten (and are therefore not included in the Glossary). See the following: The one in red’s a totally tappable [¼ legal or suitable for having sex] chick (Facebook, 2011) His definition of ghettocentric [¼ ghetto-oriented] imagination suggests the explosion of the hood film genre provided a space for contemporary Black youth expression (All Hip Hop, 2011) His little sister was harassed by a gangbanger [¼ member of a criminal gang] on a city bus (Ebony, 2008) He still lives frugally there, maintaining it in the ghetto-esque [¼ similar to a ghetto] area (Pop Matters, 2005) I’m a bootyholic [¼ obsessed with sex or women], every time I look at that girl, you make a nigga wanna sing (Black Planet, 2011) Hold on to the sistahood [¼ African American women collectively]!

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