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29 Jan 2018, 4:06 pm

Whats a chav? I mean this as a straightforward question. I know I could just google it but I dont feel like it right now.


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29 Jan 2018, 4:17 pm

And how do you pronounce it? :D

Does it rhyme with "have", or with "shave", or what?



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29 Jan 2018, 4:22 pm

It has broad usage. Usually means (maybe used to mean) a thuggish, criminal child, particularly of the white underclass. I've heard the term originated from the Romany language where chavo = child, Romani children being notoriously troublesome. It's extended beyond that group now and beyond children, with someone people talking about "chav culture" and applying it to (almost always white) adults of certain class.


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29 Jan 2018, 4:23 pm

naturalplastic wrote:
And how do you pronounce it? :D

Does it rhyme with "have", or with "shave", or what?


It rhymes with have or Slav.


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29 Jan 2018, 4:26 pm

Mikah wrote:
It has broad usage. Usually means (maybe used to mean) a thuggish, criminal child, particularly of the white underclass. I've heard the term originated from the Romany language where chavo = child, Romani children being notoriously troublesome. It's extended beyond that group now and beyond children, with someone people talking about "chav culture" and applying it to (almost always white) adults of certain class.


Sounds like what we Yanks call White Trash then. Plain and simple. By Romani do you mean Gypsy?


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29 Jan 2018, 4:29 pm

Oh, also would Rose Tyler from Doctor Who be one?


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29 Jan 2018, 4:33 pm

RainbowUnion wrote:
Sounds like what we Yanks call White Trash then. Plain and simple. By Romani do you mean Gypsy?


Yes.

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Oh, also would Rose Tyler from Doctor Who be one?


I don't know, strangely I have never watched Doctor Who.


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29 Jan 2018, 4:36 pm

naturalplastic wrote:
And how do you pronounce it? :D

Does it rhyme with "have", or with "shave", or what?

with ''have''

I've heard 'council house and violent' as what it stands for but ^ could be right about origin. A council house is a house provided by the local council. Some are bad but some are really nice. I grew up in one, you wouldn't have known it was a council house and then my parents bought it, big discount.

It means tacky, no taste, more likely to be working class but don't have to be, likely to buy fake designer goods or better still shoplift them.



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29 Jan 2018, 4:36 pm

I'm pretty sure that "gypsy" is a slur.


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29 Jan 2018, 4:39 pm

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I'm pretty sure that "gypsy" is a slur.


Hard one to get rid of, a lot of people don't know who you are talking about when you use the politically correct terms.


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29 Jan 2018, 4:42 pm

RainbowUnion wrote:
Mikah wrote:
It has broad usage. Usually means (maybe used to mean) a thuggish, criminal child, particularly of the white underclass. I've heard the term originated from the Romany language where chavo = child, Romani children being notoriously troublesome. It's extended beyond that group now and beyond children, with someone people talking about "chav culture" and applying it to (almost always white) adults of certain class.


Sounds like what we Yanks call White Trash then. Plain and simple. By Romani do you mean Gypsy?

Similar to white trash but I don't think I would say it meant the same, but then I'm not an expert on white trash.



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29 Jan 2018, 4:47 pm

Mikah wrote:
DarthMetaKnight wrote:
I'm pretty sure that "gypsy" is a slur.


Hard one to get rid of, a lot of people don't know who you are talking about when you use the politically correct terms.

And they used it in the title of 'My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding' so I don't know. If someone was intending to slur they would use the other version anyway so if wrong at least it's unlikely to be done to be offensive.



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29 Jan 2018, 4:53 pm

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I've heard 'council house and violent' as what it stands for but ^ could be right about origin.


I'm pretty sure that's a backronym, but who knows.


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29 Jan 2018, 5:26 pm

DarthMetaKnight wrote:
I'm pretty sure that "gypsy" is a slur.


Well, they themselves use the term.

Its origin was in the fact that people thought they came from Egypt. This is not the case, their place of origin was in fact India, from which they migrated into Europe over many centuries.

People do say "Its a gyp" to refer to a con or fraud, and this is a racist use of the term.


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29 Jan 2018, 5:28 pm

fluffysaurus wrote:
RainbowUnion wrote:
Mikah wrote:
It has broad usage. Usually means (maybe used to mean) a thuggish, criminal child, particularly of the white underclass. I've heard the term originated from the Romany language where chavo = child, Romani children being notoriously troublesome. It's extended beyond that group now and beyond children, with someone people talking about "chav culture" and applying it to (almost always white) adults of certain class.


Sounds like what we Yanks call White Trash then. Plain and simple. By Romani do you mean Gypsy?

Similar to white trash but I don't think I would say it meant the same, but then I'm not an expert on white trash.


White trash are the white ecomomic underclass in the US. Similar to redneck in its meaning.


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