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 (ĭ-bŏn′ĭks, ē′bŏn′-)
n. (used with a sing. verb)
Any of the nonstandard varieties of English spoken by African Americans.

[Blend of ebony and phonics.]


(Languages) (functioning as singular) US another name for African-American Vernacular English
[C20: from ebony + phonics]


or e•bon•ics

(ɪˈbɒn ɪks)
n. (used with a sing. v.)
[1970–75, Amer.; b. of ebony and phonics]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Ebonics - a nonstandard form of American English characteristically spoken by African Americans in the United States
American English, American language, American - the English language as used in the United States
gangsta - (Black English) a member of a youth gang
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
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2926803) Herren, an anesthesiologist in Denver, also left her job after she claimed Obama had a "monkey face" and "poor ebonic English.
Novelists and screenplay writers would be told to come up with something more believable if they tried to invent a prosecution "star witness" to rival young Martin's hefty girlfriend, Rachel Jeantel, a 19-year-old high school senior whose ebonic accent and vocabulary often proved incomprehensible to those in the courtroom, and whose charming tweets on the subject of being unable to pass the Florida state high school competency test (http://tinyurl.
However cross-racial in its posturing-personas-of-recognizable possession (Slim Shady mounting the head of Marshall Mathers as fed-up-advent of eminently marketable white-boy "dread"), hip-hop remains quintessentially "Afro" in comportment and elocution, Imani Perry describes its obvious and compelling transnational hybridity, multi-regional affinity, and Creole originality as nonetheless unmistakably African American in aesthetic formation and political location, black in audience and conscious identification, ebonic and funked up in its get-down antiphony and bluesy (1) use of technology (Perry, 12-13, 20, 24).
The Ebonic voices of twentieth-century maafa victims reveal the internalized self-hatred and culturally destructive aftermath of slavery's nightmare on African Americans.
Perhaps, the prophetic wisdom of Patsy Mitchner in the Slave Narratives, spoken in the Ebonics of a maafa captive, powerfully illuminates the lingering, complex "dualities," and cultural misorientation caused by chattel slavery on the African American psyche:
The Ebonic enigma: An analysis of attitudes on an urban college campus.
First of all my student did not make a MISTAKE, she was exhibiting an Ebonic speech pattern, which she will more than likely exhibit again in her discourse and writing.
Ainsi, par exemple, dans son roman Pic qu'il ecrivit en francais et qui ne fut publie qu'apres sa mort (1971), Kerouac etablit des paralleles entre le parler de ses compatriotes canucks de Lowell et le parler des Africains-Americains (on se refere aujourd'hui a ce parler sous le nom d' << ebonic >>).
Such children miss out not only in terms of career readiness development, but also in the development of language skills needed to socialize with the broader school population and make friends outside of their small ebonic related group.
He smokes a Kool as they pound a red, white, and blue basketball down the long walks where the graffiti is sidewalk talk that is always thick, Ebonic, and violent.
Returning this winter to Chicago from Bombay with the sweet singsong of my native Bombay Bazaar English still sounding in my ears, I'm confronted with the latest American cultural brouhaha - the Ebonic plague.