17 April 2013

Word: Ebonics


African-American English, especially when considered as a distinct language or dialect with linguistic features related to or derived from those of certain West African languages, rather than as a non-standard variety of English.
What linguists far more often term African American Vernacular English, and that was originally used with strong connotations of the African origin of this language.

The term is a conflation of "ebony" and "phonics" and , according to the OED, was first used by Prof. RL Williams in January 1973.

Examples, as quoted by the Urban Dictionary, are:

Ebonics: "Yo G, you frontin me?"
English: "Excuse me, my peer, are you attempting to influence me to engage in a violent action with you?"

Ebonics: "You gots to git those Benjamins so you cin git dat bling-bling fo yo ride."
English: "You need to get money so that you can get expensive accessories for your car."

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