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To think the term Schemie is even more reprehensible than Chav?

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ComposHat Wed 22-Jan-14 16:03:52

After reading another thread where baby names are being declared Chav or schemie by the op and a few others my blood is boiling a bit.

I live in Scotland and the phrase schemie gets used interchangeably with ned and chav.

I think schemie is by far the worst of the three. Chav and ned are nasty terms of abuse, but refer to a type of behaviour/manner of dress /lifestyle that the (ignorant) speaker is describing.

Schemie goes a step further (a housing scheme is the term used in Scotland for council estate) implies that an undesirable person or behaviour in type of behaviour is exclusive to and representive of people who live in local authority housing. My mother, grandparents and a lot of my friends grew up in council homes and not a single one of them display behaviour which could be described as 'schemie'

marmitecat Wed 22-Jan-14 16:04:49


Bowlersarm Wed 22-Jan-14 16:13:16

I don't know the term ned, but the other two sound exactly the same insultingness to me. (But what do I know)

candycoatedwaterdrops Wed 22-Jan-14 16:16:55

I always thought that Chav came from "Council Housed and Violent", so IMO, they're equally vile. I've never heard the word schemie though.

AngelaDaviesHair Wed 22-Jan-14 16:17:00

It's horrid, but then I think that was the point behind it (baby name bunfighting), and I've said so on the thread.

JakeBullet Wed 22-Jan-14 16:17:08

Never heard the term "schemie" before. I gemerally don't like the term "chav".

Not heard the term "ned" before either. Evidently have lived a sheltered life!

AngelaDaviesHair Wed 22-Jan-14 16:17:41

NED= non educated delinquent I think.

weebarra Wed 22-Jan-14 16:19:31

Yes, also scottish and think schemie is worse than ned!

TheCrackFox Wed 22-Jan-14 16:19:59

I think Schemie means from a council estate (scheme) so, yes, it is a bit mean.

ComposHat Wed 22-Jan-14 16:23:15

Council housed and violent and Non educated delinquent are backronyms (made up after the words were in circulation. )

I find the NED one particularly telling as the usual term is uneducated rather than non-educated in standard English.

That reinforces my view that use of these terms tells you rather more about the speaker than the person it is applied to.

IneedAsockamnesty Wed 22-Jan-14 16:26:25

I've never heard that term,is it a Scottish thing or am I just sheltered?

VelvetGecko Wed 22-Jan-14 16:32:00

The term schemie has been around since at least the 80's. Can't say I hear it much these days but yes it is derogatory.

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Wed 22-Jan-14 16:34:07

Chav comes from the old Romany word for child -'s been around a few hundred years.

ComposHat Wed 22-Jan-14 16:35:02

Yes sock it is Scottish, maybe even specific to the central belt.

Rooners Wed 22-Jan-14 16:39:57

If this is indeed a thread about a thread would you be so kind as to link before it goes poof?

ComposHat Wed 22-Jan-14 16:42:45

It isn't a thread about a thread, it is about forms of speech that marginalise and demonise others. It isn't a pop at the op in the baby name thread, but a general reflection.

Rooners Wed 22-Jan-14 16:44:38

That's three times someone has mentioned the other thread and it's a bit frustrating when we can't see it for ourselves.

Rooners Wed 22-Jan-14 16:45:16

I'm not trying to sound arsey btw...I just want to know what you're talking about smile

ComposHat Wed 22-Jan-14 16:47:33

As an all too common example of the casual use of these terms. I would stress that this isn't me singling anyone on that theead for criticism. It is merely an example.

Rooners Wed 22-Jan-14 17:06:54

Thankyou...will go and look.

Rooners Wed 22-Jan-14 17:13:02

Message deleted by MNHQ. Here's a link to our Talk Guidelines.

Rooners Wed 22-Jan-14 17:13:29

Sorry that was a bit me if you like, I don't want your thread to get deleted.

ComposHat Wed 22-Jan-14 17:15:38

No Rooners not at all.

pictish Wed 22-Jan-14 17:18:13

I'm Edinburgh way, and yes - schemie is the term here, rather than chav, or the west coast version ned.

I dunno - I can't get het up over it.

Juno77 Wed 22-Jan-14 17:18:22

Oh, a TAAT. How lovely.

First time someone has done a TAAT about me though. I feel lucky.

Anyway, these are descriptive words. Everyone knows what a chav or a schemie is. They are derogatory, of course, but they aren't 'abusive' as you put it.

It isn't any more 'ignorant' than suggesting a word/name/act is posh. It's exactly the same idea.

If your family aren't chavvy or schemie, then why do you feel this is marginalising or demonising? Can't you understand that this word does apply to some people? Why are you taking it personally?

You are obviously bothered as this seems to have touched a nerve.

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