A term used to describe the African-American accent. It is derived from the southern accent of the United States. It originated from the 16th through to the 19th centuries as Africans were transported to the colonies in North and South America to be sold as slaves. In North America, the sounds of the original African languages merged with the sounds of the southerners who taught the slaves to speak English. The result was an African-American accent which survives to this day. "HOO-bid-uh HAH-bid-uh" is primarily spoken when African-Americans gather together informally, but it is avoided by African-Americans when speaking as a news anchor or in other professional situations.