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chav - please someone explain what this means!

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Detta Tue 15-Feb-05 17:06:57

I keep seeing this word all over the place - and have a vague idea what it means, but don't really know! Please can someone enlighten me? (I'm sure if I wasn't a SAHM I would know this

Lonelymum Tue 15-Feb-05 17:10:56

I think some people see this as a contentious question Detta, but I will do my best to enlighten you although I asked the same question myself not long ago and there was a huge row going on about it and I think people thought I was stirring it up.

I think a chav is a bit like Essex girl or Essex man (oh boy I can see trouble brewing now) someone who wears showy clothes and jewellery but has no taste at all.

Twiglett Tue 15-Feb-05 17:13:04


maltesers Tue 15-Feb-05 17:15:15

if you have teenagers they will tell you . I think it means you are a towny kind of person who wears baseball caps, Reebok trainers, and are have little taste. omg i am sounding like a snob.!

juniperdewdrop Tue 15-Feb-05 17:25:17

ROFLMAO at that site and at the Beckhams being off the scale!!!

Caligula Tue 15-Feb-05 17:38:06

Here's a link to a very heated thread which has many definitions!

angry chav thread

Detta Wed 16-Feb-05 16:50:26

Thanks! I was on the right lines then!

Amanda3266 Wed 16-Feb-05 16:53:13

Have to say I think the term chav was invented by middle class journalists as until I started seeing the term in the newspapers I'd never heard of it. Now you can't move for the word.

Newbarnsleygirl Wed 16-Feb-05 16:54:53

When I was at school Chav was used by the girls to describe a boy they really liked, like "He's a right chav" and the boys would use Beau for girls!

MarsLady Wed 16-Feb-05 16:55:27

Have you clicked on Twigs link? I went to name your chav baby. My daughter would be Jodie Sapphire and my son Elvis Kai. lol

highlander Wed 16-Feb-05 16:56:13

it's been around in Newcastle for years. Generally used to describe thieving low-life who live in Fenham, Byker, Blyth etc etc. Before you Geordies start having a go at me, that's how a local described chav to me!

Chavs love to dress in the Burberry check, known in Newcastle as Chavva Tartan

highlander Wed 16-Feb-05 16:59:05

OMG,OMG,OMG have just read the angry chav thread and realised my comments could re-ignite the whole arguement. Sorry, sorry, don't mean to offend anyone

paolosgirl Wed 16-Feb-05 17:03:27

We have neds here in Scotland. The only difference is they are not as classy as chavs. That gives you an idea - by the way, man (to use the patois)

nightowl Thu 17-Feb-05 00:24:07

there's no harm in asking what a word means. preferable to read the other thread though perhaps

givenupforlent Thu 17-Feb-05 00:24:48

There's a chav programme on tv on Monday (poss channel 4)

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