Monday, August 08, 2005

Sal's Corner

Ya always Im here to help my readers. Now I assume that the majority of my readers are of African-American decent. BUT, I never rule out the possibility that many people from other beautiful cultures are looking on as well. And in their observation, they may look to me to be as a bridge of sorts for their communication barriers with "black folk". We can be some hard to figure out folk when it comes to speech and language. Somehow, language and slang got mixed in together in our community and you can't tell the difference from the outside. Well, to all my Caucasian, Asian, Hispanic, Greek, British, French and other people........Im here to shed a slight amount of light on the situation. I have some words/phrases that you may hear us say. I want you to understand what's going on. So here is an inside look at SOME of the phrases and words we MISUSE or USE that you can't understand.

Won't - "Won't" is usually used as a future tense type of word. Something you will not do in the near to far future. Example: "I WONT be going to the concert tonight". Now as you can see, the concert is tonight (future tense). Now with black people, especially in Middle-Virginia all the way thru the Carolinas, "WONT" is a past tense. They replace WASN'T with "WONT". "I WONT going to school last year when Momma was sick". People.......I CANT explain WHY these people use the word in the wrong tense but they do. Just know when you hear it that its the PAST tense.

Mind You - "Mind You" is often used in Black Language and dialect as a phrase that keeps your attention. In the midst of all the neck-jerkin and teeth smackin and finger-pointing that many black folks do when tellin a story about something or somebody that done ticked them, you can get lost. He/she keeps pointing and making noises and you are distracted. There is something in a black person's brain that triggers a response when "MIND YOU" is said in the story. Usually when listening, you fall in and out of the "MIND YOU" let's you know this is an IMPORTANT piece of the story to KEEP IN MIND. Why we make it so hard and say "MIND YOU" and not simply "KEEP in MIND" is a question I can't answer for you. JUST know that "MIND YOU" is usually followed by something important to hear.

That's Neither Here Nor There - While "MIND YOU" denotes very important info........"That's neither here nor there" usually is needless info. The sad thing dont KNOW until AFTER they say it to you during the story. Some dude maybe talkin about a female they met. "MIND YOU....I was fresh to death in my Polo Sweater but.....that's neither here nor I said whats up to shawty". See according to the rules, "MIND YOU" is an "attention getter" but......... sometimes a "That's neither here nor there" might slide in at the end. And you are confused. Just another way Black People like to draw attention themselves for no reason.

The First - This maybe the most un-understood (if thats a word) phrase in Black Language. "The First" is basically a term used to describe a vital requirement that a person lacks. Example: "This nigga is driving 80 Miles an Hour and he dont have a License THE FIRST". Or........."How Charlie buying all them clothes and he dont have a job THE FIRST". Once again I can't tell you HOW this term came into play or WHY it's here. Its totally unnecessary, if you ask me. But "THE FIRST" is a popular term in the Black Language. It also has financial implementations as well but hey........."that's neither here nor there."

Tap/Swig - These two are used as requests to partake some of another person's drink. Swig denotes saliva. So refrain from saying "Lemme get a SWIG of dat"

All Up in Thru Here - "All Up in Thru Here" is normally a term that leads you to know that the person speaking has some high level of "say-so" within the domain in which you two are standing. Parents often times use it. "GAL, you not gonna be having no men ALL UP IN THRU HERE". If you ever go to a house in the African-American community, you dont know WHO owns the house and you hear this phrase, that will let you know immediately

This, That & The Third - People........I can't describe WHAT this phrase mean. You'd think "This, That & The Third" was referring to a Grandfather, Father and Son with the same name. Who knows. This phrase usually is put into use when a person wants to avoid a question. Someone may ask you what you talked about with another person. "Oh we talked about This, That & the Third". Other terms such as "Blahzay Blahzay" and/or "Whooptay Whoop" maybe used as well.

These are just a FEW phrases, words & terms to look out for when speaking to Black Folk. I will keep you in the know as more info is revealed. For more info on "Nigga Talk" please refer to Also feel free to call Arlanda Quattlebaum at (301) 455-3534 for the latest in Slang News

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