The Chav is, in a lot of ways, similar to America's Guido, but with an obvious British twist. Chavs generally come from a working-to-lower-class background (predominant in Northern England) and tend to adopt a lot of the aesthetic choices and attitudes often associated with wealthy African-American communities (expensive jewelry, designer clothes, etc). The female, often referred to as a "Chavette", can often be very sexually promiscuous. Much like with the Guido, there was an entire show dedicated to the Chav way of life (this one being called Geordie Shore), but unlike with the Guido, there hasn't been any decline in Chavvish activity that has been found yet. However, the chav does have multiple outlets to be able to get on TV other than Geordie Shore, such as The Jeremy Kyle Show (think of it like a British Jerry Springer) despite that show being cancelled in May 2019. However, references to chavs have been made in more popular British television shows, such as The Catherine Tate Show, Little Britain, and Doctor Who.
Chav fashion, as hinted above, involves LOTS of Burberry (although the high-end fashion house claims that the trademark "Burberry Check" pattern they use that chavs often wear is actually counterfeit), track suits, expensive jewelry (despite them coming from poorer backgrounds), and baseball caps. Chavettes tend to have orange-ish tans and wear what is often cheap make-up (again, due in part to their poorer backgrounds). Both Chavs and Chavettes have a tendency to really enjoy alcohol, cigarettes, and just generally arrogant and boorish behavior; often getting into fights with one another or assaulting innocent people just for possibly looking at them wrong.
Chav music, unsurprisingly, draws a lot upon Hip-Hop and electronic music. Often described as having monotonous bass and basic keyboard synthesizer noises with vocals that sound incredibly slurred, it probably should come as no surprise that Chav-Hop hasn't exactly lit the world on fire the way other musical genres on this Wiki have in some way, shape, or form.
Much like the Guido, the Chav also has their own deep and rich language as well (although this one would require several lessons as opposed to a mere 5-hour dissertation). The Chav language can be broken down as follows:
- Are you ''avin'' a giggle, m8?: A term often used by chavs that is often said when a person says someting incredibly stupid.
- 'Bangin' 'choon: This is often said when a Chav approves of a song being played.
- Bare: Often used to describe multiples of something.
- Bellend: This is the Chav term for a "dickhead".
- Bird: A word used to describe a woman (typically a very attractive one, who will often be described as "fit").
- Blut-blut: They'll often use this to try and gain attention to themselves. A variation of this was used by Snooki on Jersey Shore.
- Brap: This is a Chav attempting to make a gunshot noise in an attempt to threaten somebody.
- Bruv: The term often used to describe one's brother, whether by blood relation or not. "Blood" can also be used in place.
- Dirt: A term they use for a cigarette. "Fag" may have been used initially, but that's probably changed due to the recent definition of the term.
- Ends: This is the term given to their home (usually in a council house).
- I'll crash you back m8: This is often something to ease one's trepidation in loaning something to a Chav.
- Innit: Considered a shortening of "isn't it?" Can also be pronounced "Ennit".
- Mint: This is a term of contentment; not quite at the level of Wickiid (as you'll see below), but definitely positive.
- Missions: When a Chav goes for travelling for a long distance, they'll often refer to it as this.
- Murk: Often a term used to described assaulting or murdering somebody.
- Proper: A term used to describe something in a positive manner. "Pure" can often be used in place.
- Set Me: This typically means they want you to give them something, like a cigarette.
- Startin': This is typically a term used where the chav is trying to initiate a physical confrontation.
- 'Wa 'g'wan: "What's going on?" a Jamaican Patois greeting. This is typically a greeting chavs give one another.
- Wickiid: A term of excited approval.
- You wot m8?: Yeah, you know that internet meme that people often jokingly say in arguments? Now you know the source.