New words in the new Collins
Thread poster: Timothy Barton

Timothy Barton
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Jun 9, 2005

The new Collins dictionary has 1,500 new words. This BBC article looks at some of the most unlikely entries:

Article from BBC online:

[Edited at 2005-06-09 13:00]

[Edited at 2005-06-09 13:00]

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Charlie Bavington  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:57
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Origin of the word chav Jun 9, 2005

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]

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