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To hate the word chav

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usualsuspect · 22/04/2011 23:12

What does it mean? seems that only chavs make a noise or play loud music on MN

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hairylights · 22/04/2011 23:13

Yanbu. I hate it too it's a very judgmental word.


ChaosTrulyReigns · 22/04/2011 23:15

I've no idea what it means.

I have only heard it used in a degoratory context.

Says a lot about the user, really.



ChaosTrulyReigns · 22/04/2011 23:16

Sorry, that wasn't clear, I don't know what it means, but I know what it implies, and it's judgemental, unpleasant and unnecessary.


Redsrule · 22/04/2011 23:18

Council House Alcohol and Violence


usualsuspect · 22/04/2011 23:18

I know what it implies on MN ..thats what annoys me

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usualsuspect · 22/04/2011 23:19

You see I live on a council estate,maybe thats why it offends me so much

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fishtankneedscleaning · 22/04/2011 23:19

I have read on mumsnet that it means Council House And Violent. I guess it could be used appropriately to describe some people Smile


hairylights · 22/04/2011 23:23


Saltatrix · 22/04/2011 23:25

chav 9960 up, 1239 down
buy chav mugs, tshirts and magnets
Derived from Chatham in Kent, this term can be applied loosely to every culture with a nasty, thieving element. There are many variants of this creature but all are subject to the following commonalities:

Chavs are completely Amoral, having never been subjected to right and wrong by their inattentive, uncaring and often absent parents.

Chavs are part Magpie, evidentially supported by their love of all things shiny, or as vaccuous, illiterate street-slang would say 'Bling'. They can be seen twokking from the Jewelry counter in Argos/Index.

Whatever their ethnic background, Chavs have a built-in affinity to hip-hop/R&B, even if they are inherently racist (see the Scottish). They see their life as glamorous and cool.

Chavs are for the most part, extremely stupid. However, some of them render a form of low cunning, which can be misinterpreted as intelligence. However this is false. A Chav has no desire to better themself through honest means nor learn anything outside of car modification.

All chavs think that they are nails. Again, this is false. Sitting in a beaten up nova smoking lamberts does not precipitate a healthy body. The irony being that a Chav owns mainly sportswear, yet will only break a sweat if running from the police.

Chavs are incredibly fertile, and are highly successful breeders. Where they come unstuck is having to look after the offspring which their 13 yr old drunken fumble produces. More often that not the child will grow to be a Chav, having received no more guidance on life than the parent.

Chavs have a fond love for cars, as well as a Vin Diesel fixation. Rather than buy a nice car to start with, a chav will spend all their dole and tax-free labouring cash on upgrading a 10 year old car with 200,000 miles on the clock. The end product will invariably be a luminous monstrosity with at least one serious collision to it's name.


Shoesytwoesy · 22/04/2011 23:25

imo it is the "grown up " version of "gay" that teens use as a stupid insult(why being gay should be bad I have no idea) says more about the person using the word that the person they are trying to be better than imo


SueSylvesterforPM · 22/04/2011 23:28

thread about a thread [buhmm]

I've already said Chav is a mentality, if someone fits that description I willnot apologise for. There are people who use it in a snobby contexy which is wrong.


usualsuspect · 22/04/2011 23:30

Not just your thread ..loads of chav comments on MN

Its a standard reply on the baby name threads

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princessparty · 22/04/2011 23:33

I think that chav is the adoption of many traits of the traveller community by non-traveller people.i am not sure it is an insult, I think chavs want to be seen as chav!


SueSylvesterforPM · 22/04/2011 23:33

The fact that you made this thread just after I posted mine
seems to be more aimed at mine,


TurtlesAreRetroRight · 22/04/2011 23:33

People often say it means x or y or comes from a certain place but the origins aren't clear tbh.

My sil defines herself as a chav. Which is interesting because she doesn't mean to insult herself but says 'well how else would you describe me'. I suggested brunette but I sort of know what she means.

I don't like anything used as an insult but I'm not entirely sure I can write it off as merely insulting if I know somebody who is happy to seize it as a label.


BeerTricksPotter · 22/04/2011 23:34

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usualsuspect · 22/04/2011 23:37

BeerTricksPotter ..exactly how I see it ..but maybe I have a chip on my shoulder Grin

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LadyWellian · 22/04/2011 23:50

Would be interested if there are any Scottish MNers on this thread as I had always thought of Chav as an English Ned, but maybe Ned is not acceptable either?


BeerTricksPotter · 22/04/2011 23:56

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desperatelyseekingsnoozes · 22/04/2011 23:56

I despise the word and have never met anyone intelligent or even pleasant who uses it.


LadyWellian · 23/04/2011 00:15

Although Ned is a definite acronym AFAIK whereas I think all those 'Council house and...' suggestions for Chav are red herrings and well after the fact.

What am I supposed to call the mouthy tracksuit-clad 12-year-olds with Croydon facelifts brandishing their BlackBerries while swearing loudly on the DLR platform at weekends though? For me that is what chav means. Nothing to do with where people live, where their money comes from or how many children they have.


StewieGriffinsMom · 23/04/2011 00:19

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Mummywalsh · 23/04/2011 00:34

I recently went to a party and when I arrived was introduced by two of my closest friends to the rest of the group as 'Their chavvy best friend' I didn't really know how to take it at the time as I wouldn't say I fit the standard definition of a chav and after a few pointed questions by someone describing themself as a 'Fashion Analyst' to the effect of "Do you have multiple children by multiple fathers?" No "Are you unmarried?" No "Do you have an Adidas tracksuit?" No "Do you own a pitbull?" No "Then Dahhling, you are not a chav" Well thank you for that character endorsement, Mr I've never met you before and probably never will again. Its not nice and different people and cultures have different standards, ideals and aspirations passed from one generation to the next.


Chil1234 · 23/04/2011 07:44

YABU... I think 'chav' is just the latest slang for 'common' or 'vulgar' :)


noodle69 · 23/04/2011 07:49

I know loads of people that call themselves chavs. Its just another name like being emo or whatever.

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