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  • pob14

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    American English
    Yes. Lil, often spelled li'l, is a phonetic shortening of "little." It's extremely informal. Bro is the same for "brother."

    Edit: Copyright sneaked in ahead of me, and is, of course, correct.
     

    sandpiperlily

    Senior Member
    Aww..
    But I think "bro" is also used in an informal way of talking to friends,etc. So why can't "lil" also be used in this way ? Isn't it an informal word that I can use when I talk to others ?
    To be honest, this word is so slang-y and informal that it would sound very strange to most native speakers coming from a non-native speaker's lips. It also is a type of slang that probably originates in African American Vernacular English (AAVE -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AAVE). The word "bro" has come into broader use in American culture, but I still associate "lil" with rap star names (Lil Wayne, Lil Jon, etc) and folks who speak AAVE.

    Not being African American (or even American) yourself, you might be accused of cultural appropriation (or just absurdity) if you tried to use "lil" in everyday conversation.
     

    Nucleara

    Senior Member
    To be honest, this word is so slang-y and informal that it would sound very strange to most native speakers coming from a non-native speaker's lips. It also is a type of slang that probably originates in African American Vernacular English (AAVE -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AAVE). The word "bro" has come into broader use in American culture, but I still associate "lil" with rap star names (Lil Wayne, Lil Jon, etc) and folks who speak AAVE.

    Not being African American (or even American) yourself, you might be accused of cultural appropriation (or just absurdity) if you tried to use "lil" in everyday conversation.
    Oh,
    I just thought it was a slang though. Now I've got more details from you.
    Thank you so much sandpiperlily : )
     
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