Timmy ElsewhereJanuary 4, 2008 Tim WorstallTimmy Elsewhere3 CommentsAt the Business. The Diana Fountain and Teenage Slangs and the origin of the word "chav". previousTimmy ElsewherenextTaking Blogging Seriously 3 thoughts on “Timmy Elsewhere” Jock January 4, 2008 at 2:39 pm What’s the timeline for “Cheltenham Average” by the way, do you know? When I was at school in Staffordshire in the early eighties “chav” was a local term synonymous with “mate” as in “bocca chav” was a friend you went smoking (bocca being cigarette for some reason) with, “aright chav” was “alright mate”. Tim adds: I was working in Cheltenham in the 80s and it seemed well established then. Ludingtonian January 4, 2008 at 3:14 pm A fun read, Tim. Good on her for her efforts. Mr. Quinion, however, begs to differ on the origins of “chav”. 🙂 David Gillies January 4, 2008 at 8:20 pm Tim, that’s a cod etymology for ‘chav’. It’s almost certainly derived from Roma. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.