ChavsNow notorious, chavs make up one of the UK's largest social groups. The term 'chav' is often used as a stereotype to refer to poorly educated, aggressive working-class youths, but youth and aggression are not the defining attributes of a 'chav'.

A stereotypical chav will be somewhat lacking in intelligence, culture and possess an in-bred nature of stupidity. The typical chav can often be seen indulging in anti-social behaviour in many environments, whilst casually dressed in tracksuit and cheap gold jewellery, also known as 'bling,' often coupled with a cap.

Boys often have an ear pieced, very short hair or skinhead. Girls go for gold hooped earrings and scraped back ponytails. Mobile phones and Adidas tracksuit bottoms are a necessity.

Likes include car cruises where you show off your highly customised cars, hanging around parks or shopping centres, drinking, house parties, Sony PlayStation and football. Heroes include 50 Cent, Pussycat Dolls and Girls Aloud.

A survey in 2005 found that in December 2004 alone 114 British newspaper articles used the word. The popularity of the word has led to the creation of sites devoted to cataloguing and mocking the ‘chav’ lifestyle.

Footballer Wayne Rooney and his wife Coleen McLoughlin, rapper Lady Sovereign, glamour model Jordan, actress Danniella Westbrook, Jade Goody and Kerry Katona have been labelled ‘chavs’ by British tabloids.

Television shows have been known to mock chav culture. The popular character Lauren Cooper and her friends Lisa and Ryan from the BBC's comedy series The Catherine Tate Show exhibit clear chav style clothing, behaviour, mannerisms and musical interests.

Fellow sketch comedy series Little Britain features the character Vicky Pollard with some strong similarities to a chav.
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