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What does ard mean?

For those residing in Philadelphia, ard is slang for “alright.”

For those living outside of the area, it just looks like a typo …

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Where does ard come from?

Ard emerges from Philadelphia youth slang for “alright.” Its exact origins are apparently influenced by a regional pronunciation of alright; it made its Urban Dictionary debut in 2008.

The slang came into national attention in the 2010s. In 2015, BuzzFeed published a video asking people to guess the meaning of Philadelphia slang, including ard. In 2016, the rental website Whose Your Landlord featured ard in its article “12 Words You Need to Know if You Live in Philly.”

Before the 2018 school year, the School District of Philadelphia handed out a guide compiled by students to new teachers detailing popular slang (including ard) they might hear around campus. The idea was to facilitate better student-teacher relationships. That’s ard by us.

Examples of ard

so its just gone be one bad day after the next? oh ard
@khristianity__, October, 2018
Ard new day to go out is Monday it’s been decided
@jthickmas, October, 2018

Who uses ard?

Ard is considered very informal and is most often found on social media, in texting, or in everyday speech. The term usually takes on one of three definitions of the word alright: as an affirmation (Ard, man!), to describe something as satisfactory (It was ard), or as a discourse marker (Ard let’s do this).

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