Yujia Wong
What does "ghetto" mean when it's used as a slang in American English? What does "ghetto" mean when it's used as a slang in American English?
Feb 18, 2016 3:24 PM
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Ghetto is not actually a slang word. It expresses in general the idea of a minority community that is separate from the majority culture, but it also suggests that the minority community is poor, isolated and that the living conditions are crowded and undesirable. In the case of American English, it refers to inner city African American communities. The word is not used so much anymore, but when I was growing up in the 1970s it was a very common term. The ghettos of the time were often centered around housing projects that concentrated people, who were always poor and nearly always black, into small neighborhoods.
February 18, 2016
'Ghetto' as slang refers to everything related to poor and cheap taste or life as in : "He is wearing house slippers outside the house , so ghetto ! " Very rich spoiled people might use it for anything not clad with pearls and bling bling !
February 18, 2016
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