The hit song by Migos, ‘Bad and Boujee’, has brought the word ‘boujee’ back to the current slang vernacular in a big way. Lots of Instagram baddies are using the word in their popular hashtags, but is that how it should be spelled? Of course, the song spells it this way, and they even define a boujee chick as someone who “cooks up dope with an Uzi.” Not sure that’s what was the intent of the word boujee, lol, but the song is keeping in line with today’s hip hop lyrics that continue to glorify drug and gang culture at the expense of the future of some young black people filling up the cells of private for-profit prisons. In any case, a lot of people don’t know that it derives from the aristocratic, uppity French word “bourgeois,” where the ‘ge’ sound has no exact equivalent in English. This may be why there are different spellings for this word.
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UrbanDictionary.com defines boujee as follows:
High class, flossin’, ballin’. One who posesses swag. Elite, rich.
Some time about 100 years ago, noted black activist W.E.B. Dubois introduced the idea of a bourgeoisie among the talented tenth of black people who would lead the lesser blacks to a better future. Mix in the French Creole culture of New Orleans, and at some point the word “boujee” was born. Or is it “bougie”? Maybe “boughee” or “boughie”? How do you spell it? Let us know!
Nonetheless, the word has now come to mean someone who is “stuck up” and “thank they too good” to talk to regular people. Often, the most successful black professionals and business owners are deemed boujee because they talk “white” (why does this dead topic keep resurrecting itself?) or dress in certain stylish labels that most can’t afford. Tell us your tales from the boujee! We’d like to hear.