Discussion in 'Dictionary Additions' started by teacherallison, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. teacherallison

    teacherallison New Member

    Philadelphia, USA
    English - USA
    Term: (A word or expression you have seen in writing)


    Your definition or explanation:
    A word used by people in Philadelphia, USA to describe a noun that could not be thought of when the speaker needed it in a sentence. It can also describe people, but should not be used to describe an individual woman. Normally the word means "thing."

    Examples: (An example of the term in use)
    Person 1: What tool do you need?
    Person 2: Pass me that jawn. (pointing at a wrench)

    Person 1: What do you think of Jay Sean?
    Person 2. That jawn is such a talented singer!

    Person 1: Were you at the jawn last night?
    Person 2: No. I had to work.

    One or more places you have seen the term: (Please give URLs/links to web pages, or a full description of a print publication.)

    Have you looked for this term or meaning in dictionaries, and not found it? Yes _x___ No ___
    It only exists in Urban Dictionary www.urbandictionary.com and other slang dictionaries online. I have never seen it in Websters or other major dictionaries. I have also heard it in songs and poetry.
  2. teacherallison

    teacherallison New Member

    Philadelphia, USA
    English - USA
    I should also add that some people do refer to women using jawn, but it's less appropriate in polite circles.
  3. Texano Member

    English - Texas and Southern Dialect
    Nice word. I love dialects! Good addition.
  4. CRISPY69 Member

    D.F. México.
    USA, English
    One of my favorite words. I lived in Philly at the time this word seemed to evolve from "joint" to "jawn." Fucking brilliant.

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