Examples of ight
Examples of ight
Where does ight come from?
Ight is a variant of aight, itself a variant of the adjective, adverb, and interjection all right as pronounced in colloquial Black English. It resulted from a series of what linguists call elision, or leaving out sounds. So, in colloquial Black English, all right became aight [ah-ahyt], which was further shortened to ight.
The spellings aight and ight date to the 1990s, though almost certainly found in speech well before then. One early example of aight in pop culture can be found in the song “I’m Looking for the One (To Be With Me)” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (Will Smith). On it, Smith raps: “You feeling’ aight? You feelin’ aright? …Well next time bring a friend with you / So (they can feel the same way too).” The song reached #79 on the Billboard Hot 100, and helped introduce the form aight to a wider audience.
Ight is recorded online in the late 1990s, the shortened spelling perhaps influenced by Doug E. Fresh’s track “I-ight,” first released in 1993.
Into the 1990s, aight and ight were frequently featured in popular black culture, especially music and TV. With growing mainstream popularity of hip-hop music in the 2000s, ight or aight went more mainstream, although remained closely associated with black culture.
Aight/ight notably appeared in the lyrics of hip-hop artist Blueface’s popular 2018 track “Deadlocs,” which begins: “Blueface, baby / On the dead locs / Yeah, aight.”
— ✧𝓕𝓮𝓵𝓲𝓬𝓲𝓪✧ (@yagirl_felicia) February 21, 2019
Who uses ight?
Ight and aight are typically heard in colloquial Black English and writing, especially in hip-hop and on social media. Other colloquial variations of all right include a’ight, ‘ight, a-ight, all meant to point back to the original all right.
Like the original all right, ight can be an interjection expressing affirmation, assent, or enthusiasm, à la OK, e.g., Ight, I’ll you meet you there. or You got the tickets to the concert! Ight!
Her: Come over I cooked for you
Him: Ight what u cook?
Her: Fried fish, hold on look pic.twitter.com/L3H0CN3oXg
— Jr Pettaway (@llpbball) February 22, 2019
Similarly, ight can be used as a discourse marker, especially to introduce a new subject or express a skeptical attitude about a topic, e.g., Ight, you sure you’re going to stick to that diet.
Ight so I’ve been trynna write an essay for the last two hours and this is literally me pic.twitter.com/IIpQSThr0K
— Memo (@maybe_memo) February 22, 2019
I left New York for this ? Yea ight pic.twitter.com/7iyfwQGuQf
— 🅱️. O . N (@CokeBoyCR) February 21, 2019
Ight, also like all right, can be used as an adjective (e.g., This food is ight) or adverb (We did ight).
Lol bruh if Bron A&R’d this album??? He did IGHT 😭😭
— Low (@LowKeyUHTN) March 1, 2019
Ight is informal in writing. It’s closely associated with black vernacular english, and so, use of it by people outside that community may be considered a form of cultural appropriation.