social commentary

Chav (pronounced /ʧæv/) also Charv/Charver (pronounced /ʧɑːv/) are mainly derogatory slang terms in the United Kingdom for a stereotype fixated on low quality or counterfeit goods. It commonly refers to those belonging to a youth sub-culture, often stereotypically associated with a low socio-economic class, a striking dress sense and criminal activity. Known in Ireland as a knacker.

I feel this has been inspired by East 17. They led the way for the chavs that came after them, but loved to harmonise, and had a penchant for tartan hoodies (see ‘Stay Another Day’ filmclip). The ladies love a good fake tan, ‘Beautiful Girls’ ringtones and tuck their tracksuits into ugg boots. Last night there was a shooting outside my apartment, to wit, I blame the knackers.


~ by k-rock and l-jive on May 23, 2008.

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