Examples of nawf
Examples of nawf
Where does nawf come from?
North, of course, is one of the four cardinal directions. In some dialects of English, including Southern English and Black English, north is pronounced like norf, a common feature of those overlapping dialects to treat th sounds as an f or v.
Nawf doesn’t emerge online until 1998, in a Texan Usenet group in which a user proudly referred to north Houston as nawfside (northside). In an Irish Usenet group, however, nawf was used to mock a Southern US accent.
Nawf began to spread in popular culture thanks to hip-hop, ever partial to spelling words as they are pronounced (e.g., mouf for mouth). Rapper Slim Thug used nawf to refer to the same north Houston, Texas neighborhood in Chamillionare’s 2004 song, “Still Tippin’ 2.” Into the 2000s, nawf was occasionally used for various northerly locations by social media users from the American South.
I need to get back to Nawf Carolina…the air there is so damn clean…
— Dante Sexum (@Vandalyzm) February 1, 2009
Oh yeah i forgot. ian and i rep the nawf side
— que_pedo (@que_pedo) December 5, 2008
Nawf takes off in popular culture thanks hip-hop trio Migos’ 2016 hit song “Bad and Boujee.” In the song, the rappers boast are from the Nawf, or north Atlanta, specifically the city of Lawrenceville in Gwinnett County. Although “Bad and Boujee” gave nawf national attention, Migos had favored the term since at least 2012.
— MIGOS™ (@Migos) January 23, 2012
Who uses nawf?
After Migos’ success, other residents of Gwinnet County (and the greater north Atlanta area) took to using the Nawf to rep their home.
The nawf ain’t nothing like the north bro. Smh this place is like dry unseasoned chicken, Gwinnett a nice juicy fried hot lemon pepper wing
— fern. (@fernandojuare93) October 25, 2018
The Nawf don’t want you https://t.co/e7BiLormxt
— $moneybag louie⁶⁶⁶𓅓 (@LouieMoneyBags) October 15, 2018
— I Am B Hunter (@Movie_Messiah) October 25, 2018
Nawf is also used to refer to northern sections of cities, especially in the South or to the northerly directions more generally. It’s especially associated with colloquial black speech and writing. It may be considered appropriative for non-black people to adopt it.
they just legalized weed in canada who wants to go on a fuckin adventure to da nawf
— car (@caarrlym) October 17, 2018
Im from Nawf Memphis where young niggaz runnin shit 👍🏾
— AK 🔥 (@_AKno47_) September 27, 2018
It’s important to note that pronouncing north as nawf isn’t due to ignorance but is consistent with the complex grammar of Black English.