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Ebonics is a pseudo-academic term coined in the 1970s by African-American college students to give legitimacy to the colloquial dialect spoken by uneducated underclasses. This dialect is more appropriately called African-American Vernacular English by linguists.

The term became more widespread in 1996 with the Oakland School Board controversy, where the teaching of American English was replaced with the teaching of this new "dialect."