Examples of mouf
Where does mouf come from?
Mouf is based on the pronunciation of mouth in Black English, which commonly treats th sounds as an f or d (birfday for birthday, dat for that)—a phonological phenomenon seen in dialects of other languages, too.
Mouf has been around online since at least 2003, when it was entered on Urban Dictionary. It can be found in print, however, much, much earlier, such as in Zora Neale Hurston’s 1937 Their Eyes Were Watching God, which indicates mouf had already long been a form for mouth in Black English.
Hip-hop, which often spells words according to dialectical pronunciation (e.g., nah for no), helped popularize mouf in the wider culture. Lil Duval, for instance, released “Wat Dat Mouf Do” in 2014, which is about what mouths can do for, well, penises.
Who uses mouf?
Mouf is widely found in conversational speech and writing as well as art of Black people. Ludacris released an album, Word of Mouf, in 2001, for instance.
Some people may think that mouf is due to ignorance. It’s very important to note, though, that mouf is entirely consistent with Black English grammar and replacing th sounds with an f, v, d, or t is found in many languages. Pronouncing a th as an f or v is called th-fronting, if you want to get technical about it.
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