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1. Cookout


What is typically known as a BBQ or grilling out has been renamed by many a Black folk as a cookout. As in, “Girllll, you going to Ray Ray’s cookout on Saturday, I’m bringing ice and you know I’m making a to-go plate.”

2. Doobie


Black women love going to the salon to get their hair laid, but when you get a nice wash & set and the hairstylist sends you on your way with your hair wrapped–that’s called a doobie. Thanks for letting the world know, Rihanna.

3. Bourgeois (but we pronounce Boo-gzee)

Bourgeois (but we pronounce Boo-gzee)

While the word is French and refers to the middle class, Black people have taken it to mean stuck up, rich and pretty much phony. It’s become more of a lifestyle. Ask Jennifer Williams of “Basketball Wives” fame, who’s never even seen a food stamp.

4. Make Groceries

Make Groceries

This phrase has roots in the south, specifically New Orleans. This is simply called buying and/or getting groceries. You can’t MAKE groceries! LOL!

5. Headwrap


Yes…headwraps–the scarves you tie around your freshly done hair before going to bed at night. If you’re horrible at tying scarves like I am, you’ll usually find it in the bed by morning.

6. Pocket Book

Pocket Book

There’s so many names for the convenient all-my-things holder you wear on your shoulder. Bags, purses, handbag or whatever–there’s nothing like a good old fashioned pocket book.

7. Stories


What do you mean stories, you ask? These are your favorite soap operas, but instead of trying to say that tongue twister (try saying “soap opera” 5 times fast), just call it what it is, stories.

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