In honor or Black Lives Matter, I thought Lady Rougepen should do some Ebonic (aka Black American English or African American Vernacular English) colloquialisms:
Put your foot in it – referring to delicious food. “Mmm-mmm. Candace really put her foot in that sweet potato pie!”
Trifling – a bum; lazy; worthless. “Rodney is so trifling that he always asks for rides, but never offers to pay for gas.”
Just a squirrel, trying to get a nut – struggling; just trying to make ends meet; fighting to survive. “Nathan didn’t realize how expensive things were until he moved out of his parents’ home. Now, he’s just a squirrel, trying to get a nut.”
Split your wig – a violent act, literally meaning to bust open your head. “Scott fell off his bike, and needed stitches. He nearly split his wig!”
See the receipts – show me the proof. “My son said he studied for the spelling test, but I wanted to see the receipts, so I quizzed him myself.”
Jump the broom – get married. This was literally the only ritual Africans had to signify their union on plantations. “Minerva and Robert jumped the broom only six months ago, so they still have that newlywed glow.”
Playing with angels – used to describe the uncontrollable movements of an infant. “Look at sweet little Sarah, waving those arms. She’s really playing with those angels!”
Don’t let the doorknob hit you where the good lord split you – literally, a kiss-off message, meaning don’t let the door knob hit you in the behind when you leave. “Beatrice told Tammy ‘don’t let the door knob hit you where the good lord split you,’ after she found out Tammy started that rumor about her.”
Crib – home; place of residence. “I’m headed back to the crib.”
Fun fact: The words “bling” and “24/7” are Ebonic words that have made it into vernacular American English.
I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.
Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…
It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision. The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.
Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!