no, i meant some of them are literally our bosses.
slang might be something that requires more research than you're willing to do. you think a lot of terms are "african american" that were in use by white people many decades ago, some of which might never be used in any black subculture.that alone suggests that you're not doing any of your own reading, and i hope you don't think it's rude to say this.
don't get me wrong, but even if you learn what a word means, you still have to learn the situation it would be used in. i have a feeling your project is going to be a collection of items that have nothing to do with the subject- that is, african american slang.
ideally, for each term you look up, you'd try to find it in use in several different places. moxie, lol- that's one i haven't heard in a long time. black term? news to me, although i guess it's possible. the last time i heard it, it was from a white woman, aged 60-something. but maybe she was hip. plus a lot of things are said just to be ironic (like "hip,") but that doesn't give you any clue to how they were used or who they were used by. a mack is someone that can get any girl he wants, or more than one- i guess a mackette would be a female version that can get any guy.
some of which might never be used in any black subculture
Quote:some of which might never be used in any black subculture
this is the part i was really getting at, i'm unconvinced that a lot of these terms are even used mostly by (or originally by) black people, and are thus "african american" terms.
but i might be wrong, perhaps moxie for one, is an african american term after all.
i find it very odd indeed that you're asking what tomboy means, however. i mean that's something that almost any american should know the meaning of, unless you're also very young. but again, the thing about these things is how easy it is to be wrong. and no, i've never even read a book on slang. i find you get a bit farther just going out and talking to people- that of course, won't always teach you as much about history.
i misread your question.
i googled "black term for tomboy" and read for a bit, and the closest thing i found was "bitch." kind of a pity.
Do you know any African-American slang terms I can use for a "butch female" that's aren't vulgar are derogatory?