Seddity (or saddity or siditty) – is defined as an African American who is bourgeois, snobbish or pretentious. According to Lisa J. Green’s study of the African American lexicon in African American English: a linguistic introduction, the usage of the word spanned from 1960 – 1980.

As to the disparity in the spelling, this is attributed to certain lexical items being predominantly of oral context as opposed to spelling conventions in AAVE African American Vernacular English.

Also, as part of AAVE, seddity/saddity/siditty is deemed as a people term like words such as cuz and posse.

Similar terms

  • bougie, boojee, boochie, buzhie
  • hoity-toity
  • highfalutin

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