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Common stereotype of black vernacular is the pronunciation of the word "ask" as "axe."

"Axe" traces back to the 8th century. The pronunciation derives from the Old English verb "acsian." At the time, the word appeared in two forms, "ascian" and "acsian." By the 10th century, the latter became "axsian," which was shortened to "ax" (or "axe"). It wasn't until the 17th century that "ask" became commonplace, eventually replacing "axe" in literary works. Nonetheless, the pronunciation "axe" remained in dialects across the Caribbean and the American South (including some sections of England). Such usage was not dependent on race or class. Although its written form fell out of usage in the 17th century, the dialectic use of "axe" has survived into the 21st century.

Unfortunately, usage of "axe" has become a lightning rod for racist diatribes against African Americans, often attributing its dialectic usage as a sign of being uncultivated and uncultured. References to "axe" being "ghetto" is nothing more than etymological ignorance, respectability politics and outright racism.
1. "Axe and it shal be giuen you"
2. "Hello sir, may I axe you for directions to the nearest gas station?"
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a Jazz-ician's term for an intrusment, be it horn or guitar or piano. usually not used for drums
"Hey man, bring your axe to the jam session."
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A tool that has been used for thousands of years as a weapon and a tool . Made of many materials including flint , stone ,copper ,bronze ,iron and steel . There are many types including hand axe's , 2 handed axes and 3/4's axes that can be used one or two handed .

As a weapon the most common axe's where the one handed ones. Contary to popular belief massive 2 handed double bladed axes' where rarely used in combat ,they where ceremonial weapons . Two headed axes where used though.
Besides spears the sumerians used the axe as a weapon.
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A guitar, usually eletric.
Jimi Hendrix played his axe as Paganini must have played his violin.
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-A tool used for cutting wood. Usually felling trees
-An electric guitar
-Walmart for ask.
-Check out my new axe.
-Lets play our new axes!
-May I axe you a question?
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How ghetto folks say ''ask''
Yo, go axe yo mama could we git some kool-aid in dis biotch!
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A conformist body spray that is used by guys, often in heavy doses. Often the user likes to make extremely evident through scent, or verbally, that he is wearing the aforesaid deodorant.

Many guys (and women) were hypnotized, by the excellent use of advertising, to believe that they are using it because it smells good. When in reality the real product is a spray bottle marked, "Axe" that is tied to many marketing gimmicks.
"I'm going to, this very second; spray myself with some wonderful Axe."
"Get me some of that!"
"Me too!"
"Over here!"
"I want some!"


A: "I love a man who wears Axe."
B: "Have you ever smelled it?"
A: "Well, no..."
by The Legendary Ironwood March 27, 2005
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