THE use of AAVE has become more common among young people, particularly on social media platforms like TikTok, Twitter and Instagram.
Although AAVE terms are regularly used, many still wonder what exactly AAVE stands for and its significance.
What is AAVE?
AAVE stands for African-American Vernacular English and is occasionally referred to as Ebonics, or speaking with a “blaccent”.
AAVE is essentially a partially spoken vocabulary in urban communities and is claimed to have been created by African American communities and Black Canadians.
The use of these AAVE terms often leads to debates on what kind of language we can and can’t use online and who has the right to use it.
Gen Z people commonly use the language on social media, often referred to as “Gen Z slang.”
However, White or non-black people are advised not to use AAVE terms.
Is AAVE spoken everywhere?
AAVE is often spoken in working and middle-class cities within the African Americans, Latino and immigrant communities.
In fact, AAVE is said to have influenced the development of other lingos of English like the New York accent, Spanish-language accents and the New York Latin English.
In the United States, the use of AAVE is widely spread through the hip-hop and rap culture.
What are some AAVE terms?
Some AAVE terms include:
- cap/no cap
- go off