That sentiment is also packed into the "Be owt" expression.That second complimentary or declarative meaning of "Be owt" is given in the sentence "Go ahead Bruh, BE-OWT!!!!

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which is qiven in the urban dictionary entry that is found above.

However, I think that most African Americans who would be shouting such an exclamation would probably say "Go 'head" and not "Go ahead".

I wouldn't be surprised if "owt" was first spelled the standard English way, but was later changed to "owt" to distinquish it from that adverb. Instead, one meaning of "be owt" is to "hang out" [to spend some time at a specific location or event; to be present at a social event.] "To hang out" [attend a step show or other fraternity function] is probably the earliest source for the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity originated phrase.

*Some information about little sister groups is provided in the Addendum to this post which is found below. However, there's also another, apparently common meaning for "Be owt".

My guess is that the phrase "go all out" was the source of this meaning for "Be owt", but the word "owt" ["out"] could have also been a clip of the word "outstanding", although I think it's just fortuitous happenchance that the phrase "be owt" has the same meaning as the "outstanding".

Note: There's no history of "Be outstanding" having been a colloquial African American expression, but there is a history and present occurances of "to go all out" being a colloquial African American expression.

Part II showcases You Tube videos of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. The content of this post is provided as a way of doumenting & sharing information about and examples of African American culture, with particular attention to examples of African American English as used by persons associated with Black Greek lettered organizations (fraternities & sororities). The first definition given in the lone entry for "be owt" on