BECNO Language Lab Fall 2020: “Chile anyways”

Phrase: “Chile anyways”

PronunciationchIl  En-ee-wayz


My phrase (“chile anyways”) is a phrase used by people typically of color or people from the South. It’s not the typical style of slang because with slang you would think that the words don’t mean exactly what they’re defined as. But in my phrase, the words (almost exactly) mean what they refer to. My phrase is typically used to  dismiss someone or something someone said.

Take this scene for example: I’m in the middle of a conversation; someone rudely interrupts said conversation. The conversation comes to a halt, but the person is still talking as if nothing happened. Finally the person stops talking and expects a response. To dismiss said person someone would say, “Chile, anyways.”


When looking up the etymology of “chile,” I found out that the word derives from Old English and means: “a childish person.” This has influenced the use of this phrase because it means the exact same thing — the only difference being the spelling. The word “anyways” comes from Middle English and means “used to continue or resume the thread of a story.” This has influenced the use of this phrase because, once again, it means the exact same thing. The words would come together to form the meaning: “to dismiss a childish person and resume the thread of a conversation.”

Fun Facts

Fun Fact about “anyways”: The word is sometimes confused, as it can be seen in three different ways — anyway, anyways, and any way. The word anyway means: “a disregard factor that stands in the way of a purpose.” The word any way means: “however possible.” The word anyways means: “To signal a transition to a new topic or to resume discussion.”

Fun Fact about “chile”: It became popular when Nicki Minaj (a famous female rapper) used it in a Instagram live. Although she brought popularity to it, the word has been in the Black community for years.






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