What is a chav?

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  1. ital8

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    I'm from America, and I keep on hearing this British term 'chav' whenever I watch a video via the internet of some troublemaker. So what exactly are chavs? Is there some definitive term? Are they a real societal problem in Britain?
     
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    (personally, I never heard of Chav)

    Chav, Charv/Charver, Denis (male) and Chavette (female) ('ch' pronounced as in chair) are mainly derogatory slang terms in the United Kingdom for a subcultural stereotype fixated on fashions derived from American Hip-hop such as gold jewellery and designer clothing, combined with elements of working class British street fashion. Chavs are generally considered to have no respect for society, and to be ignorant or unintelligent. The term appeared in mainstream dictionaries in 2005.

    The accepted etymology for "chav" is that it derives from the Romani word "chavi", meaning a child.[4] Related words derived from the same source include "charva" meaning prostitute (used in north-east England in a similar sense). In modern Spanish "chaval" or "chavo" means "lad" (eg: El Chavo, a Mexican television comedy whose principal character is a street orphan).[
     
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    Mem-iam-Webster. Very good definition, but allow me to give the Cliff's Notes version:

    Chav - The British equivalent of a Wigger in US terminology. Think Vanilla Ice.
     
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    Actualy it' mem-ik-i-pedia.:wink:

    I thought it was equivalent to Wigger, and it does show a
    Caricature of a stereotypical chav, as a white kid in hip-hop clothing. But they must be to P.C. to mention the word white.
     
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    Pardon my transgression Mr. Pedia. :biggrin1:

    that's the beautiful part of being me. I can be un-PC if I wanna.
     
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    No, I meant that Wikipedia is too PC, I thought that Chav originally meant hating everyone with hip-hop style.
     
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    Not at all. Do a web search and there are some hilarious sites poking fun at the Chav culture.

    One famous person that always gets thrown in the Chav category? Wayne Rooney.

    Please any Brits chime in on why he is in this group. I've always wondered.
     
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    I never heard of Wayne Rooney, but Wayne Brady is the Anti-Chav.

    His skit with Dave Chappelle is great. "Is Wayne Brady going to have to choke a bitch." :biggrin1:
     
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    Wayne Rooney is a Footballer. One of the stars of the British Leagues. Also classified as a bad boy and Chav.

    Love that Wayne Brady skit.
     
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    Meh, got no problems with Chavs. Don't see why everyone else hates them.
     
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    Don't truly know any so can't really say. Most of my UK mates hate them though.
     
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    Thank You! This definition I understand. :wink:
     
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    What if your an aussie ??? I still dont get the term chav, or wigger...lol...I just dont get it's meaning????

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    There is a VERY annoying trend in the US where young white men and women will dress, talk, and act like black gangsta rappers or hip-hop performers. This is called being a wigger, which is short for white nigger. Basically they are acting like what in my day was just a ghetto person. What makes this of anthropological interest to some is that the wiggers are almost always middle class or upper middle class. These are kids with trust funds. :tongue:

    I didn't realize the UK had this too. I hate when the US exports it's lowest common denominator, it makes us look bad. :frown1:

     
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    No, no the UK has wiggers too. A chav is not a wigger, but the two aren't mutually exclusive.

    Chav culture.
     
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    I don't condone the following website - ChavScum - but it might at least give you an idea what a chav (sic) looks like. You have to make a distinction between those adolescents who just wear the uniform - they're just 'wiggers', as someone put it - and those who wear it while practicing delinquent behaviour. Most of the latter aren't to be found in Britain's larger cities, but instead in the satellite towns and housing estates surrounding them

    In any case the chav phenomenon is a creation of the media: these same bored young men have existed for a hundred years in this country but have only recently had they honour of a taxonomical classification. In UK tabloid folklore the 'chav' burgles houses, shoplifts, mugs old ladies, sells cannabis, steals cars etc. Good old-fashioned crime really!
     
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    Whether a Wigger or a Chav culture, I think the time has come to stop the madness.:redface: :biggrin1:
     
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    Maybe like Anthony Mundine ? What we would call a tool .... maybe :dunno:
     
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    Chav, wigger, they all look the same when they're blowing me!
     
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