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  • The word's origins are unclear: it may derive from the Romany word "chavi", meaning "child", but it is now usually understood as an acronym for "council house and violent".

    Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones – review

  • My dictionary suggests it is a chavi distortion of "Tuft".

    Dale's Academy of Political Correction: Ban Word 'Toff'

  • As in Jackiey Budden mother of Jade Goody saying of her briefly troubled daughter: "She'll al-ays be mee chavi".

    Dale's Academy of Political Correction: Ban Word 'Toff'

  • Whereas, notes Mr Dale blogger-by-appointment, it was different on the perhaps slightly less incendiary matter of Shilpa getting the rough end of some right old-fashioned chavi behaviour from the Troika-of-'Telligence wot is Jo O'Meara, Danielle Lloyd and Jade Goody.

    Archive 2007-01-14

  • "She's a right l'il ray of sunshine mi chavi is", as Jackiey might say.

    Archive 2007-01-14

  • The way we do things in England does not include the smell of curry cooking, the extravaganza of carnival, the mounting of chavi satellite dishes, or alas the frummy curls and hot girls allegedly at this link of those orthodox jews over there?

    Nadine on Gypsies and Smacks

  • He's too hoot of a mush to rocker a choori chavi. '


  • From that moment she felt as strongly as any Gorgie ever felt the fine sentiment expressed in the phrase, _noblesse oblige_; and to hear her say, 'I'm a duke's chavi


  • 'My poor mammy's daddy, when she wur a little chavi, beat her so cruel that she was a ailin' woman all her life, and she used to say,


  • 'Lucky for you, my fine fellow, that I'm a duke's chavi, an' mustn't fight, else I'd pretty soon ask you outside and settle this off in no time.



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