Can "Monsta" be a correct slang word or abbreviation for "Monster"?

Sounds good and cute to me but as a non-native speaker I don't understand if it's actually a word that natives may use (maybe kids?).

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    I don't think it much of an abbreviation....more an alternative . – J. Taylor Feb 9 '18 at 17:02
  • 'Correct' and 'slang' make strange bedfellows. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 9 '18 at 17:12
  • Also, "natives" often means something different from "native English speakers". – Lawrence Feb 9 '18 at 17:14

Yes, it appears that monsta is used (albeit very rarely) in place of monster, similar to how gangsta is used instead of gangster.

According to the OED (← free page!), the spelling of gangsta is "intended to reflect an African-American pronunciation", and that's what I've seen for most of the examples I've found for monsta as well.

Some examples:


Using "monsta" would be fine, in a slang sort of way. However, if you are writing anything more formal, monster is the correct term.

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