What is the origin of the slang term beeyotch?
January 12, 2004 4:44 PM   Subscribe

What is the origin of the slang term beeyotch (not sure I spelled it right.)

Don't laugh. I would flunk Popular Culture 101 and it is especially pitiful since I have teenagers.
posted by konolia to Society & Culture (22 answers total)
It's an extension of 'bitch.' The original isn't anything more complicated that people pronoucning it in strange ways.
posted by Yelling At Nothing at 4:47 PM on January 12, 2004

The first time I saw it used, people were just using it to circumvent a chat filter.
posted by Pockets at 4:53 PM on January 12, 2004

Or in other words, it's not worth applying clinical etymology to rap music.
posted by machaus at 4:53 PM on January 12, 2004

While silly on the surface, this isn't an easy question to answer absolutely. No google search of any spelling comes up with origins that I can find.

Personally I started hearing it in late 2000, from a friend that would ironically "talk rap" and say everything was in the hiz-ous (house) and that everyone was his biyatch back then. But I don't know of the exact origin, aside from a simple slang pronounciation of bitch. There is probably one song from years ago that did it for the first time.
posted by mathowie at 4:54 PM on January 12, 2004

south park?
posted by th3ph17 at 5:09 PM on January 12, 2004

The first time I heard it was out of Snoop Dogg's mouth on the album "The Chronic", but it may have been invented prior to that. I was always under the impression that it was an invention of Snoop's private vernacular, but what do I know?
posted by interrobang at 5:11 PM on January 12, 2004

It appears in You Got Nothing Coming, which chronicles Jimmy Lerner's mid-late 90s stay in prison. He spells it biotch. Whether it originated in prison or rap isn't touched upon. Great book.
posted by dobbs at 5:13 PM on January 12, 2004

On Monday she's a bitch, on Tuesday she's a bitch,
On Wednesday to Saturday she's a bitch
Then on Sunday, just to be different,
She's a super King Kamehameha bee-atch!

Come on! You all know the words!

Er, actually, my guess is Too Short.
posted by littlegreenlights at 5:15 PM on January 12, 2004

Flava Flav used it before Snoop.
posted by keswick at 5:20 PM on January 12, 2004

Here's a Vibe online interview from 2000 with Too Short:

What do you think of everybody using the word "beeyatch" after you invented it?

That's my gift to rap music. It's my gift to the hip hop community .... the word "bitch." They didn't ask me could they use it, but it's cool.

And here are some Too Short lyrics from Game:

[$hort] Hey, y'know what? Freddy B.....
[Fred B] What's that baby?
[$hort] And Too $hort. We go way back man!
1981, Freemont High School
We the two niggas who invented the word 'BEEYATCH!'
[$hort] Hey wait wait wait. BEEYATCH!

posted by vacapinta at 5:33 PM on January 12, 2004

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posted by konolia at 5:45 PM on January 12, 2004

My money is on Too Short. That was a signature sample of his first album. machaus, just keep walkin' while you're talkin'.
posted by squirrel at 5:53 PM on January 12, 2004

posted by machaus at 6:14 PM on January 12, 2004

Too $hort. As an Oakland native, Too $hort,
posted by tenseone at 7:00 PM on January 12, 2004

That would be Too $hort, period.
posted by tenseone at 7:01 PM on January 12, 2004

Q. What does Snoop Dogg wash his clothes with?
A. Bleee-yatch.

tee hee, that joke still makes me giggle.
posted by elphTeq at 9:41 PM on January 12, 2004

I heard it back in the summer of 1995 on my all-white church trip. Two guys on the trip started saying it, I have no idea where they heard it, but we went to an amusement park for a day and they got it put on a t-shirt, which they then wore for the rest of the trip. No joke.
posted by gramcracker at 10:17 PM on January 12, 2004

elphTeq - Lame, but that made me laugh out loud.
posted by SpecialK at 12:36 AM on January 13, 2004

see also biz-natch
posted by mkultra at 9:04 AM on January 13, 2004

see also biz-natch

Or just 'natch
posted by tirade at 11:30 AM on January 13, 2004

It was definitely on the cuts Cussword and Don't Fight the Feeling from the 1989 (or 1988) album "Life Is... Too Short." However, that is no guarantee that Too Short was the coiner or originator of the term.
posted by Mo Nickels at 11:42 AM on January 13, 2004

I'm pretty sure that Too Short record came out in '88. By 1993 Beeyotch was a Gainesville band.
posted by jjg at 7:27 PM on January 13, 2004

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