What does “savvy” mean?

January 28, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language

Savvy or savvey is an American corruption of Spanish sabe, a form of the verb saber, meaning “to know.” “Do you savvy?” is equivalent to Spanish “¿Sabe Usted?” Both mean, “Do you know?”

Savvy was orig­inally acquired from the Mexicans by early ranchers in the Southwest who spelled and pronounced the word savvy rather than sabe because in Spanish b and v are pronounced almost alike and in many words are used interchangeably.

When employed as a noun savvy means understanding, mental grasp or knowledge of affairs. Of course it is slang in all senses.




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