African American Vernacular English (AAVE), also called African American English, Black English, Black Vernacular, or Black English Vernacular (BEV), is a type variety (dialect, ethnolect and sociolect) of the American English language. It is known colloquially as Ebonics (a portmanteau of "ebony" and "phonics"). With pronunciation that in some respects is common to Southern American English, the variety is spoken by many blacks in the United States. AAVE shares many characteristics with various Creole English dialects spoken by blacks in much of the world. AAVE also has pronunciation, grammatical structures, and vocabulary in common with various West African languages. Ebonics is not merely just the use of urban or "slang" words, but rather it is the manipulation and transformation of the English language (ie, In the sentence "I want to have sex with a chickenhead", a slang word is used, but the speaker is not using ebonics.)
"He workin'."- He is working (right now).

"He been hit dat from last week."- He has already had sex with that(her), since last week.

"I'm finna go get some chicken." I am (or possibly I am considering) going to get chicken.

"I aint doin' nuthin' fo'dat ho."- I am not going to do anything for that whorish woman.

"Don't be tellin' me dat I can't talk good cuz I speak ebonics."- Do not tell me that I am unable to speak well just because I speak ebonics.
The way you talk when your vocabulary is limited to less then 500 words, just simply add an -izzle, drop a few letters, or misspell completely. Note: George W. Bush does this on a much more sophisticted scale.
Yo Dawg, are you going to the gamizzle?

fo sho!
by Danny Pouliot February 18, 2005
Pretty much terrible and annoying...the only people that speak it are rappers or "gangsta's", uneducated white people that think MTV is the world, and those emulating aforementioned shitty rappers. The word "gangsta" itself is an ebonic contraction of the word "gangster." In order to make one's shitty music/lack of education seem almost ok but not quite there yet.

Also, an excuse to talk like a total dumbass and say something that would not normally be acceptable but in this case it is unintelligible so said speaker can get away with it.
Jeff-"Yo, i gotsta ta gets me some bling-bling all up in dis bitch so's I can roll on ma twenty-fo's"
Ian-"I swear to god, cut out the ebonics before I cut out your tongue"
by Almost Fantastic Dan April 08, 2008
a pseudo-"language". the word was created to make people unable to learn english have higher self esteem.
Many people who have immigrated to America quickly learn to speak better english than the ebonic speaking community. No one who speaks Ebonics has ever won a Nobel Peace Prize of McArthur Genuis Grant. Nor will they. Ever. Ebonics is not a language that screams "intelligence"
Only about 7% of the population speaks Ebonics but 70% of carjackers do. About 80% of males who say they are "babydaddy" to someone's children as opposed to being there "father" also do.
by jane doe the 6th August 18, 2009
Also called African-American Vernacular English (AAVE)Black English, Black Vernacular, or Black English Vernacular (BEV). A creole of the American English language. Known colloquially as Ebonics, Ebo, or Jive. With pronunciation that in some respects is common to that of Southern American English, as the majority of the slaves' descendants first lived in the South. Spoken by many people of African descent in the United States and ethnic minorities worldwide. Shares many characteristics with various Creole English dialects spoken by people of African descent in much of the world. NOT simply "bad English", as it has grammatical origins in, and pronunciation characteristics in common with, various West African languages.

NOT the same as urban or hip-hop slang ("izzle's", crack-a-lackin'), although urban slang has been greatly influenced by AAVE
Ebonics has contributed to Standard American English words of African origin ("gumbo", "goober", "yam", "banjo", "bogus") and slang expressions ("cool," "hip," "hep cat").
by Khalisah April 05, 2006
a bartering language used by disenfranchised black youth disguised as the common audible sounds of the mentally challenged, used for the illegal trade of: women, money, marijuana, popeyes fried chicken, guns, candy and crack cocaine
ebonics is actually more efficient when there are only 7 possible subjects.
by shogun11 December 03, 2010
Ebonics: A dialect used by individuals that are handicapped because their mother dresses them funny and they can't carry their books or get up stairs to the school because they have to hold up their pants causing illiteracy.
If the liberals created a program to supply suspenders to the illiterate neighborhoods this could solve the problem. They could call it the in school suspension program. students could learn english and leave ebonics behind.
by Kustomgadget March 12, 2006
A form of the English language, mostly inhabited by African-Americans. Most commonly confused with friendly slang such as "wassup" and "hey how you doin'". Ebonics has a historical background, mostly underappreciated by uneducated 'Crombie guys. During the times of early slavery, it was spoken mostly in the south as an alternate language to English, since their own native languages were forbidden. It has since survived centuries of change and been altered into today's form of african-american slang.
Ebonics: "Ayo wassup ma, damn yous lookin fly why dont you let me holla atchu for a hot minute"

Proper English: "Hello, miss, you are looking very beautiful. I was wondering if you could possibly spare a minute of your time so that I could get to know you better."

Old (southern) Ebonics: "Whyontchu brin dem oba here an let meh getcha sum colta drin yous been werkin eba sin da sun done come awn up, yous gonna hurchoself likeat."

Proper English: "Why don't you bring those over here and let me get you a cold beverage. You have been working diligently since sunrise. This is not good for your health."
by la mejor November 27, 2005

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