'SHO NUFF', anyone...?

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'SHO NUFF', anyone...?

Post by jam » Fri Sep 23, 2005 1:02 pm

I came across the (presumably US slang) phrase 'sho nuff' recently, and I haven't been able to find out what it means and what the "story" behind it is.

I'm guessing sho is short for show, and I'm pretty sure nuff is short for enough (as in 'nuff said'), but beyond that I'm a bit lost...

Any of you knowledgable folks know...?

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Post by PerG » Fri Sep 23, 2005 2:08 pm

I don't know if this is 100% accurate but..
sho'nuff 1. shortened for of "sure enough." In other words, "yes" or "definitely."

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http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~wrader/slang/recent.html

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Post by cockatootoo » Sat Sep 24, 2005 1:38 pm

Per is right. One of the first signs of ebonics that I remember hearing...

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Post by al » Sun Sep 25, 2005 4:47 am

Precisely, Per...

That is a very old (1950s perhaps?) bit of ethnic slang. Today's ethnic slang...or to be politically correct, Ebonics as Matt has said, would by my definition be termed, "urban slang." Kind of like "dog" being pronounced, "dowg."

The one that gets me is the city of New Orleans, pronounced New Orlins by the locals there.

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Post by cockatootoo » Sun Sep 25, 2005 5:28 am

Actually Al, it's more like N'awlins... many dialects that are hard to figure out :?

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Post by al » Mon Sep 26, 2005 6:23 pm

I was of course giving the white guy interpretation. I like how you have spelled the "ethnic" pronounciation of it!

You know, getting back to ebonics...I just hate how there is an attempt to make improper use of language "legitimate" simply because of an inability or laziness to actually try and get it right! What the heck is going on?

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Post by cockatootoo » Tue Sep 27, 2005 4:41 am

There has been dialect and slang for ages - especially in American "English"! But I agree that it has gotten where it is now legitimized to a wierd point. Advertising definitely plays a part in popularizing it.

Hey, at least it keeps me on my toes trying to figure out what athletes and celebrities are talking about (or what language they're speaking in...).

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Post by jam » Tue Sep 27, 2005 10:50 pm

Thanks, guys.

Seems like I got you Americans going on a "hot topic" there... :D

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