This Is What “Joe” Means In Chicago

In the 15th episode of The Slang Show, BJ The Chicago Kid explains an omnipresent Windy City pronoun.

March 24, 2016

Sometimes context clues are all you need in order to understand unknown slang; that's very much the case with "joe," a word some Chicagoans use kind of like punctuation. When BJ The Chicago Kid stopped by The FADER's offices recently, he gave us a detailed explanation of the pronoun's meaning and usage. "We use 'joe' for the replacement of man, friend, homie, whatever it is," he said. "Our slang in Chicago is so deeply rooted that we feel like everybody understands the language," he added.


Watch the 15th episode of The Slang Show above to find out what "joe" means in Chicago and stay tuned to The FADER for more on your favorite artists' favorite colloquialisms.

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The Slang Show
This Is What “Joe” Means In Chicago