ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Chavs - Who are they?

Updated on November 5, 2012
Notice the Healthy bottle of Water?
Notice the Healthy bottle of Water?

What is a Chav?

Since I am on my travels I have come into contact with everyday people such as the 'Chav' persona that usually you try to avoid, for those of you that don't know what a chav is, it is a lower class type of person that originates in the United Kingdom but is stereotyped by particular character traits.

The chav definition would usually be summarized by your average civilized person as somebody who wears full sports tracksuits(but doesn't exercise), speaks excessively loud and aggressively and is usually looking for a job at the unemployment center in the city high street.

My inspiration for writing this hub is because I was walking to the cash machine earlier today when I encountered a chav tying his dog to a lamp post whilst he went into the news paper shop, as usual he was a disgruntled chav and this time simply because his dog wouldn't calm down and they always have the same breed of dog and this is a Staffordshire Terrier.

Photo courtesy of malias

What does Chav mean?

I don't think the word 'Chav' has a specific origin because in the UK people often make up words to describe different sub cultures, there are many other nicknames across Britain which I have heard my friends from university describe these people as. A few of these labels include 'Pike', 'Blads' 'Scallies' and 'Clarts', they are all silly names that sometimes are actually chav words that the chav uses to acknowledge each other but have been adopted to describe them as a whole.

Photo courtesy of FunkDooby

Chav Dictionary

There is of course a Chav dictionary since every different 'race' of people have a language and I am going to serve as the Chav translator in this hub so here are some common phrases you may here them shout if you visit the UK:

'Safe blood' - In English means 'Very good my friend'

'Wazzapnin Bruv' - In English means 'How are you my friend?'

'Innit' - In English means 'That is very true'

'You knows it' - In English means 'you are educated in a particular field'

'Lend us 50p for the bus' - In English means 'Have you got any money I can intimidate out of you?'

'Oh Son/Oh Bra' - In English means 'Oi listen to me' (Even though you don't know me)

'Thats booming' - In English means 'I love that loud bass music you are playing'

'Top Man' - In English means 'Someone you like'

'She's Fit' - In English means 'That girl is attractive'

'Shes bangin' - In English means 'That girl has a nice figure'

'Fancy Chippin in?' - In English means 'Do you want to buy drugs with me?

'E's got Magistrates' - In English means 'A Chav girls boyfriend is due in a court of law for misbehaviour'

'I'll Spark you out now cus' - In English means 'I will hit you cousin if you don't submit' (even if you aren't his cousin)

'Whatever' - In English means, I'm not going to listen to anything you say and will shout you down without a counter argument ( usually used by chav girls with hand gesture.)

'Why is you reading?' - In English means, why do you find it beneficial to read or do anything academic? (dumb question but chavs find intelligence and learning intimidating.)

Photo courtesy of thedigitalpimp

Chav Pictures

If you 'Google Chav' you will see many chav pictures which resemble the 'trailer trash' or 'white trash' of the U.S, the distinguishing features which separate them from this include tartan patterned apparel including 'Burberry' head caps, jackets or they will often have a Burberry cologne at their house but they will also wear gold jewellery they bought from Argos such as sovereign rings.

Photo courtesy of eggybird


Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)