One of my more advanced students is about to encounter in her textbook a lot of words which have passed from slang into common usage (eg, cool, pretty, baby, boy, crazy, hot). Ie, we’re going to be working with usages invented by black people which hardly anyone recognizes as part of their contribution to US culture.
Here is a list of jazz words. I’ve given this concept some thought, but I was surprised to find even more words that have been appropriated from jazz/jive than I originally suspected.
Yes, I will be pointing out the sources of these words to my student. (It’s not in the textbook, of course. The textbook is British, if it matters.)
NPR bit on how nerds distance themselves from “youth culture” and slang, and how that tendency is perceived as white.