'Bussin' meaning explored: AAVE term sparks conversation on Twitter

Eve Edwards March 14, 2021
'Bussin' meaning explored: AAVE term sparks conversation on Twitter
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What is the meaning of ‘Bussin’? We explore the term and why it’s trending on Twitter.

This March 2021, Twitter users have been explaining why the term should not be included in internet slang.

On 13 March, streamers Quackity, Karl Jacobs and Sapnap used the term. A discussion on why it was not appropriate for them to use the word then followed online. One Twitter user stated: “quackity karl and sapnap say it all the time and as a black person it makes me very upset so pls do not say it if u arent black i BEG.”


What is the meaning of ‘Bussin’?

Bussin has been described as “what you would say if something was really good.” It is used in reference to food and cooking.

One Twitter user described how the word had been co-opted into internet slang and was being inappropriately used. They wrote: “bussin is aave and it only applies to food! A FIT CANNOT BE BUSSIN.”

A “fit” here is in reference to an outfit.

AAVE: Meaning

AAVE stands for African American Vernacular English. It is formerly known as Black English Vernacular or Vernacular Black English.

You can read more about the history and vocabulary of AAVE here.

You can also read about the terms that fall under AAVE here. Many of these terms have been adopted into everyday internet slang, without people realising their origins.

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Eve Edwards is a staff writer for The Focus who has been with GRV Media since April 2019. Having gained a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Bristol, Eve joined GRV starting out as a writer for Reality Titbit before making her way over to HITC. With a passion for music, TV, and cultural news, Eve eventually found a home at The Focus. Eve spent 2021-2022 freelancing for GRV Media while she completed a Masters in Music Performance, and brings her wide array of interests to the company in her written work. In Eve's spare time you'll find her working her way through the day's Wordle, Heardle, and Quordle, or struggling to complete The Guardian's cryptic crossword.