The n-word is considered one of the most vicious racial slurs in the English language today. True that the n-word is closely associated with slavery and the oppression of blacks. Even after the abolition of slavery the word still haunted African Americans, especially in more segregated areas; where blacks were viewed as inferior to whites. In recent years the n-word has become less of a malicious slur in parts of our country. Public figures who use the n-word run the risk of losing their jobs. However, since the 1960s African Americans have coined the term “nigga”, when addressing one another. The rise of hip hop culture also enhanced the use of the word-they felt as though they are using the word as a term of endearment. Critics of the
Directions: Match the meaning in the right column to the correct slang term in the left column. You must complete a minimum of 10 choices. Each additional correct match earns one extra credit point.
Currently, the student population at Morgan State University age ranges from 18-24. It was important to look at age and the culture of society to show the high usage of slang/jargon on campus. It was noticeable the differences of slang in the North and South in regards to how they say certain words. A student from Philadelphia was asked how she would know someone is from her state without he/she mentioning by the person’s use of “jawn” or “drawlin.” The term “jawn” is universally used to talked about someone or something; “Did you see the new Jordans that came out… them jawns nice”. The word “drawlin” is used to describe someone who is doing too much. In New York, they use “wildin’” to describe someone who is doing too much. Moreover, slang in the North is more similar based on their context and
Slang: a type of language that consists of words that are regarded as informal, and is most common in speech, and is typically restricted to a particular context or group of people. Nearly everyday, even without noticing it, most people use slang in their speech on a daily basis. How people speak can be interpreted very differently to listeners depending on their background. Many areas have their own type of speech that usually, only people who come from that background will understand. After reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and making an FJAVE dictionary and examples, it is easy to see that speech holds so much power, especially when the people communicating are born around the same time period or if they live in the same area.
“Prison is not an isolated institution, it is part of a continuum in the control of women, whether by our lack of access to economic independence, violence, racism or specific laws that target women such as prostitution and social security. The society that condemns the behavior of women it imprisons, yet accepts the treatment prisoners are given inside is at best hypocritical, but perhaps more correctly, sadistic” (Amanda George). The prison system takes people away from their families and communities, for petty crimes and then give harsh sentences that doesn’t match the crime that was committed. Women are placed in an oppressive and controlling environment which subjects them to be treated in a manner which society looks down on but accept and sadly, does nothing about. Correspondingly, Piper Kerman wrote a memoir “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison”
Created by Kenya Barris, Blackish is a series following a suburban black family through their struggle to carve out a unique identity for themselves in this changing world. During the episode, “The Word”, Jack is threatened with expulsion after blurting out the “N-word” while singing at the school talent show. While the family tries to save Jack from expulsion, Kenya Barris utilizes historical evidence with edited in subplots in the creation of a unique perspective on this controversial topic. At the beginning of the episode, Andre narrates the history of African Americans while a series of images plays out across the screen, from the march on Washington to the institution of slavery, showing the evolution in civil rights, and in a way the evolution of this controversial word.
Over the years, the slang used by teens in America has changed drastically, from simple words used to describe the appearance of another to phrases to describe being intoxicated. While comparing the words and phrases used in the 1920’s to those commonly used today, I found that there are many with the same definitions, all of which tend to be related to girls, alcohol, and making fun of others.
Our slang is something we strongly identify by and is definitely an interesting aspect of our
This is where i get to the real way that i speak, which is my primary/public language. I picked up this technique mainly from hanging around my piers both at home and out in the world. This is what really gave me my true identity in the way i speak. I speak very proper and a bit slower for business or professional occasions so i won’t make as many mistakes. While when I’m just with my piers, we have normal conversations exchanging different slang interactions. When I’m present at a business or professional occasion my words are more up tempo and my sentences are clearer. For example, i would address everyone using “No ma’am”, “No Sir”, or “Yes ma’am”, “Yes Sir”. But with my friends I’m free to express myself in the way i speak by using slang words. For example, I use the term “bro” and “fam” a lot , which is a noun meaning brother, family member, or close friend. Using it in a sentence I would simply say “Wassup bro” or “Wassgood
According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, the definition of vernacular is “of, relating to, or being a nonstandard language or dialect of a place, region, or country.” In terms of African American history, the evolution of vernacular is very important and a very unique part of the culture. The African American vernacular has aided the development of a distinct culture in terms of what African Americans were subjected to from the installation of slavery. The African American vernacular was used as a way to expose the atrocities that African Americans were imperiled to through songs and language. “Go down Moses ,” a spiritual and “Strange Fruit,” performed by Billie Holiday are two songs that represent the
It is a noun slang used in the late 18th century to describe a fat person. Even though I am not that sure whether this word was used coarsely or in a good manner, to me it sounds like a better way to refer to someone who is overweight. “Fat” has such a negative connotation in English, but if you say “He’s a bit of a jollux” it doesn’t sound so