5 Black Slang Words That Lost Their Meaning Once They Became Mainstream


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There’s something about analyzing slang that makes me feel like I’m doing the most. But language – including and maybe especially slang is about power, context, and culture.

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I love slang – I think it is often located among those who exist in marginalized positions – and therefore find ways to describe their reality, in nuanced and often awesome ways. That said, cultural appropriation is a real thing, and it exists in language. And with the ability to engage in diverse  culture instantaneously over this little thing called the Internet, slang words in America – many of which came to have cultural connotations that exist in Black American socio-cultural meanings – hit the main stream and were done for.

1. YAAASSS (However you choose to spell it)

Yaaasss – which a lot of…

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