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."