Oi, mate, you askin' 'bout chavs? Chavs is a UK derogatory slang word for a young hooligan who wears designer clothes and start fights, usually seen as lower class. While reported in northeast England in the early s, one early written use of chav was on the Usenet group uk. I was born in Brompton so am I a Chav or what? Chav spread in the UK in the early s to stereotype a kind of youth, especially males, who wear label sportswear and act in a brash, confrontational manner. In , Oxford Dictionaries named chav their first ever Word of the Year, thrusting it into a greater spotlight. The slang typically targets lower-class people in the UK. Some characterized the England riots as an attack by chavs on decent society. Ones idea of hell on earth, surrounded by face painted drunken chavs. To the chavette on my train.
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But many teachers emphatically disagree - declaring that they can tell from the 'chav' names parents give to their children that they are likely to be little devils at school. From Adrienne and Poppy, to Ashley and Troy, the contributors to a website for teachers have compiled a list of girls' and boys' names they automatically associate with troublesome behaviour. The names alone were enough to fill the staff with dread as they read through their new registers at the start of this term. Teachers also fear names with a hyphen, such as Bobbi-Jo and Jean-Marie. Variants of common names - for example, Kloe and Hollee - inspire similar trepidation. An online discussion running to 20 web pages started when one teacher wrote on the Times Educational Supplement Internet site: 'I went through my new class list and mentally circled the ones I thought would be difficult. I reckon I have a 75 per cent hit rate. The name that 'inspired the most dread' was Paige. Subsequent contributors listed their own most feared appellations - ranging from Storm to Nokia. One scathingly claimed such youngsters are from 'chav' backgrounds.
Opinion is divided on the origin of the term. The word in its current pejorative usage is recorded by the Oxford English Dictionary as first used in a Usenet forum in and first used in a newspaper in People talk about "chav behaviour" or "chav insults" and that sort of thing. Oh, don't believe the popular etymologies that you read sometimes in the press and on websites. I saw one the other day, people said, "It's an acronym, 'chav', from 'council house and violent'"—well, no, it isn't, that was made up in recent times. Besides referring to loutish behaviour, violence, and particular speech patterns all of which are stereotypes , the chav stereotype includes wearing branded designer sportswear ,  which may be accompanied by some form of flashy gold jewellery otherwise termed as " bling ". In a case where a teenage woman was barred from her own home under the terms of an anti-social behaviour order in , some British national newspapers branded her "the real-life Vicky Pollard " with the Daily Star running headlines reading, "Good riddance to chav scum: real life Vicky Pollard evicted",  both referring to a BBC comedy character. Created by radio host Matt Lucas for the show Little Britain , the character Vicky Pollard is a teenage girl intended to parody a chav. Response to the stereotype has ranged from amusement to criticism, with some saying that it is a new manifestation of classism. In the fashion house Burberry , whilst deriding chavs, claimed that the widespread fashion in the UK of chavs wearing its branded style Burberry check was due to the widespread availability of cheaper counterfeit versions.