by ellie

what is aave?

  • aave stands for african american vernacular english

  • it is commonly referred to as "stan twitter lingo" or "gen z slang" -- it is not!

  • aave has ties all the way back to slavery and beyond and is deeply rooted into black culture, even though many people associate some aave terms as "new, genz terms"

important terms

  • blaccent: a manner of speaking based off of stereotypes of the way black people speak. a mixture of the words themselves and the way they are pronounced

  • code-switching: the practice of alternating between two or more languages or varieties of language in conversation. in relation to aave ➯ black people often feel the need to code switch between aave and standard english based on their environment

  • microaggression: a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority

can i use aave?

can i use aave?

are you white or a non black poc?

then no! you should not use aave.

why not?

black people are constantly being ridiculed for their use of aave. we get called ghetto or uneducated for using a part of our own culture (an example of a microaggression) . black people often feel as if or are told they can't use aave in certain settings to avoid being ridiculed (code-switching). however, when non black especially white people use aave terms they are seen as trendy and funny.

most of the time when nonblack people use aave they do so for comedic effect, and also incorrectly. speaking with a blaccent and aave should not be the punchline of your joke. mocking aave and a blaccent is not funny. nonblack people often take from black culture to seem trendy or funny and profit off of it but don't actually deal with the struggles that come with being black and black culture.

referring to aave as stan language, gay/lgbt slang or gen-z slang is also erasing the entire history of the dialect. a lot of these words are not new, you are just now discovering them.

using aave or a blaccent when speaking to black people, especially when you don't speak that way any other time is also microaggressive. if a black person calls you out on aave and asks you to stop using it, then stop! it is also microaggressive to tell black people that they are gatekeeping a language or to dismiss their feelings of your use of aave.

telling black people to speak correctly or making jokes based on one's use of aave is also microaggressive. stop doing it.

list of aave terms

list of aave terms

disclaimer: this carrd is not intended to be the end all source on aave. this is meant to encourage you to do your own research and provide information quickly if needed.

aave is more than just saying a couple words, it is a dialect, with its own structure, and there are many other issues that come along with it, for example, how you pronounce the words or using a blaccent.

this list was intended to educate people on the words they consider "gen z" or "stan" language and where they actually come from.

some more detailed lists!

click one of the pictures below!

every word on my list was taken from master lists just like these. i did not decide what comes from aave and what doesn't.

if you have a question about whether a word is aave, how its used, etc, try using google, looking at the examples in the lists, or searching the word on twitter :)

this is something you need to examine past saying a couple words every couple of months. why you use aave, who you use it around, the way you speak about it etc.

this is why you need to do your own research. there are many resources from articles to videos to tik toks to tweets. so please start doing your own research on black issues instead of 100% relying on black people to tell you. there are plenty of sources just on social media as we've been saying a lot of this stuff for a while :)

taking small aave terms and phrases out of your vocabulary is a start but it is not the solution.

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