Black English


variants or less commonly Black English vernacular

Examples of Black English in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The terminology used to describe Black English is also controversial. Samantha Chery, Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2022 Nwandu’s language is spun from vernacular Black English that often resembles verse. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 Portraits of old white men hang throughout its hallowed halls, where a young Black English professor can’t seem to get tenure despite the popularity and relevance of her classes., 18 Aug. 2021 Following the match, however, there has been an ugly outpouring of racist comments on social media, directed at Black English players. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 12 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1734, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Black English was in 1734

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“Black English.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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