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Ebonics - Plural noun (treated as singular), Blend of Ebony and Phonics.

The African-American dialect of Standard English, there are different dialects within Ebonics itself. Similar to how the American dialect of English has dialects within itself such as the Texan dialect and the Boston dialect.

Ebonics is a dialect of Standard English just as American, Canadian, Scottish, Irish, Australian ect. forms of English are all dialects of Standard English. It is usually spoken by African-Americans who are the decedents of Black slaves from West Africa and the Caribbean.
Ebonics was born from the fact that African-American slaves were not allowed to learn how to read or write during their lives. Without proper instruction from their English speaking "masters" slaves were forced to learn English with the only language rules they knew from their native languages. Ebonics are usually seen as a form of "broken English" as a result. However they bear a resemblance to Scottish speakers of English.

The Scottish people who used to speak Gaelic had English forced upon them by the English as well during conquest and enslavement. However proper instruction was not given in the language and its rules and as a result the Scottish dialect of English is different than Standard English.

Both Scottish English, and African-American English (Ebonics) are dialects of Standard English. However, certain people have tried to claim that Ebonics is a separate language in it's own right while choosing to ignore basic definitions of language and other examples of similar cases. If Ebonics is indeed a separate language than the Scottish dialect of English, and many other dialects of English will also be different languages. The people who are trying to establish Ebonics as a separate language are simply trying to segregate African-Americans dialects as well as their culture from American culture and not allowing it to be included in Euro-American culture.
by Seperation=discrimination March 31, 2011
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A form of city slang, often used in the hood (ghetto neighborhood). It's just like any other language, you have to know how to speak it in order to understand it. Often people who understand ebonics, also understand the proper use of words. Just because they can understand ebonics, does not mean that they are unable to speak "properly".
Example 1:

Ebonics: "I done ate my grub, now I best be gettin' on"

Proper English: "I've eaten my food, so now I should leave"

Example 2:

Ebonics: "I finna kick it with mah homies up in mah crib"

Proper English" "I'm going to relax with my friends at my house"
by ColdWarKid96 June 16, 2009
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Made up of the words ebony and phonics, i.e., black English or "black speak".

Covers all slang words and non-standard grammar originated from African Americans.
"Fo shizzle ma wizzle"
"Im playin for mega chedda"
"Quit talking in ebonics wigga"
by SPD December 14, 2006
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The way black people talk its stands for, ebony which means dark and phonics with means like the way of speaking or the vocabulary so in other words the way black people speak.
Like for shizzle my nizzle thats part of ebonics or like that was a hizzy for shizzy party.
by Gizmo April 09, 2003
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Wud up doe?!?! Id jus liketa say dat i cin speak bof ebonics an english so damn good. fa reel tho i am like da most bilingual motha in this bitch. So as all yall cin see rite bout now dat i cin speak n unda stand ebonics...I am a white female from Detroit, now dont be afraid, im not dangerous most white peple cant but im def so so special fa reel do. i spell "the" as tha and usuaally replace my ths with a d an all that otha shyt. i be listenin to rap an hip hop all tha time....tho sometihmes my whiteness comes out an i find myself listenin to Hilary Duff...ay dont blame me, im only 16. Dis iz a big acomplishment fa some1 mah age to be able to speak dese 2 languigiz yeeeeaaaa u kno how i do. i be smokin blunts wit mah homegirls an sum fine ass niggaz...ay, dont be hatin...im mo black den mos ov yall....but den on tha oda side, i cin be as white as yew want me ta be... i onli speak ebonics around mah girls and may homis. but around family, i gotsta keep it white and PG 13 ya kno. cuz dey dont kno. Dey jus don kno. but i kno u kno, u kno? haha, naw...but i rite to much. U kno how we do it in tha D u kno fa reel. but im bout ta go make me some Ramen Noodlz and buy me some hot cheetos an go watch BET an den afta dat im prolly bout ta jus go play basketball in da alley on da souf side haha, u kno!!! aiight den, so peace out homez. Adios haha naw, idk
Do yall realli need mo exampuls of ebonics??? fa reel now. i mean come on. all dem ppl do who be sayin ta add izzle and shit like dat..i just wanna say to all u white ppl out derr who cant speak wit da hood, dat we dont say dat...so jus lettin y;all kno, but uh im boutsta be out do....but mah name aint really Shaniqua, im just fronin. haha peace
by Shaniqua haha March 11, 2006
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Ebonics is a term that was originally intended to refer to the language of all people descended from enslaved Black Africans, particularly in West Africa, the Caribbean, and North America. Over time, and especially since 1996, it has been used more often to refer to African American Vernacular English (distinctively nonstandard Black United States English), asserting the independence of this from (standard) English. The term became widely known in the U.S. in 1996 due to a controversy over its use by the Oakland School Board.

What is claimed to be the initial mention of "Ebonics" was made by the psychologist1 Robert Williams in a discussion with linguist Ernie Smith (as well as other language scholars and researchers) that took place in a conference on "Cognitive and Language Development of the Black Child", held in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1973.23 In 1975, the term appeared within the title and text of a book edited and co-written by Williams, Ebonics: The True Language of Black Folks. Williams there explains it
"While it is clear that the previous definitions were written by racist white people who are VERY ignorant and unlearned, I just thought a black girl like myself could elaborate and give the TRUE meaning of the word". White people still fear what they don't understand and instead of trying to learn, the retaliate with their ignorance. So who is really the more inferior race? You tan in order to be darker, your women love to attach themselves to our men. Your men LOVE our curves, and your teenagers idolize our music, clothing, and our language. SO SAD!!! And get over the fact that the PRESIDENT IS BLACK!!!!EBONICS!
by RACISIMSTILLEXISTSIN2011 February 17, 2011
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ebonics is the act of using almost every word your english teacher didnt want you to use. it uses the latest slang or "in correct grammer" of the weak. it is useually spoken in the ghetto and poorer parts of town. some people speak ebonics as a 3rd language or just as a joke (e.g. preppy high schoolers) some people use it as a joke and when they need to get their point across to certain groups of people(e.g. myself, the person who is getting their poin across) and some people use it as every day language, they also dont call it ebonics, they called it "talk"n at cha". ebonics also involves putting an "izle" or "isich" to some words. it also works by just adding a J or an X.
Yo G, ima B5 to da mizall rite quick and get my mack on wit da shawties, ya dig me? or can u not speak my ebonics.

look here playa, i dont like you crankin yo game on my blizzock, so you beta raise up outa here befor i have bust a kizzap in yo wana be back side. do u dig, trick?

MAN1: shut izz up rite quizzick, i trin wizzach da tv bizzich. i said hush up in ther!
MAN@: yo dog, u really cant speak ebonics. i mean im spitten dat at cha cuz i keeps it real. YA MEAN?!?!?!
by *T*J*L* June 14, 2008
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