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British Vocabulary Lessons, Pt. 2

July 18, 2005

Chav - this is a term my teenaged cousin was spouting when I first arrived in the U.K. She was telling me about the different types of people (kinda like at high school at home with the preppies, jocks, geeks, freaks, etc.?) and apparently being a chav is the worst of the bunch. The best I can figure is that a chav is someone who dresses in the popular fashions of the moment but doesn't pull off the look very well.

Chav pictures

Hello, Wikipedia! "[Chav] is similar to the United States terms white trash and trailer trash." If you are curious, the wiki article also describes the (stereo)typical chav so you can recognize one should you pass one on the street! (Turns out my neighbor back home is a chav! Who knew?) And finally, this quote from the comments page:

"The key to chavdom is not gold itself; it is low quality, gaudy jewelry. An average chavster desires to be as shiny as possible, and therefore commonly spreads his carets very thinly across as large a surface as his budget can accommodate" Bling, bling, anyone?

Moira at 06:13 AM :: Comments (3) :: ::


I was talking with another English friend of mine--a FAGGOT is not a cigarette-a fag is..I dont know the difference, but according to them there is one.

Posted by: Lou Gagliardi at July 18, 2005 03:49 PM

hmmm... I'll have to ask my uncle about that one. That would make sense though because who has the same word for a cigarette and a meatball? :c)

Posted by: moira at July 19, 2005 05:55 AM

I dont know. I think Faggot refers to a bundle of sticks and a special kind of meatball. fag refers to cig. *shrugs* I'm part Irish m'self.

Posted by: Lou Gagliardi at July 19, 2005 11:38 AM
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