Dear White People: Don’t Use these Slang Words

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AAVE Terminology

While slang is present in our vocabular on TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook there are terms you may not be able to use because it’s considered AAVE terminology. You may have even used these without knowing that it was considered AAVE terminology, and that’s the reason I’m writing this article raise awareness.

While some terms and phrases will be up for debate these is the general consensus regarding AAVE terminology that white people are not allowed to use.

What are some alternatives to these AAVE Terms I Can Use?

The first step is to recognize and make sure you don’t use these terms and to the answer the question mentioned, there’s a great website for alternative terms and slang you can use. It shows the term, meaning, and alternative terms you can use as a non-black person.

  • Instead of Sis use bestie or best friend
  • Instead of Yeet use throw or dunk
  • Instead of Yas Queen use Love her or admire her



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