1 definition by Monsieur Bowow

The account of the birth and development of a particular ghetto-slang word, often delineating its spread from one song or rapper to the general ghetto population, as well as its evolving changes in form and meaning.

Related: see blinguistics
Ghettymology of "shorty":

Originally used by rapper NaS in 1994 to mean a young man, new to the game of street-life, "shorty" came from "short" + "y", as young people are usually shorter than rappers.

As the word devolved in meaning, coming to mean girlfriend or attractive concubine, it also devolved in pronunciation and spelling, eventually coming "shawty."
by Monsieur Bowow April 14, 2012

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