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Origin of Ebonics

1970–75, Americanism; blend of of ebony and phonics
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British Dictionary definitions for ebonics


  1. (functioning as singular) US another name for African-American Vernacular English

Word Origin for ebonics

C20: from ebony + phonics
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Word Origin and History for ebonics



"African-American vernacular English," 1975, as title of a book by U.S. professor R.L. Williams (b.1930); a blend of ebony and phonics.

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