Timothy Barton wrote:
Among the new words is "chav" - defined as "a young working class person who dresses in casual sports clothing".
The dictionary suggests the word chav may have come from the Romany term "chavi", meaning child.
I had always been led to believe that "chav" comes from "Chatham". Certainly that area of Kent is understood to be a wellspring of these accursed people
But it appears the word has been around for ages, and has only recently become applied to them. I have to say that Collins shows remarkable restraint with its definition...
[Edited at 2005-06-09 13:16]