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Blend of ebony +‎ phonics. Ebonics was coined by Robert L. Williams in 1973 and first used in his book Ebonics: The True Language of Black Folks.

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  1. African American Vernacular English (AAVE).
    • Pull, Geoffrey K. (ed. Wheeler, Rebecca S.) The Workings of Language, ch. 3: "African American Vernacular English Is Not Standard English with Mistakes", p. 40: "Buried among the jargon of the announcement was a mention of a name for AAVE, suggested by a Black [sic] scholar in 1975 [sic] but never adopted by linguists: Ebonics. That word, concocted from ebony (a color term from the name of a dark-colored wood) and phonics (the name of a method for teaching reading), was destined to attach to the board as if chiseled into a block of granite and hung round their necks."