Douglas G. Wilson
douglas at NB.NET
Fri Dec 15 05:51:35 UTC 2000
>When I was in high school (NYC early sixties) some of my peers misused
>"native" as a noun for something like "primitive, savage [person]". They
>probably knew the word mostly from lines like "The natives are restless
>tonight" and generalized from that.
I recall the same thing from the same time: "native" (n.) = "savage". I
attributed it at the time to movies and TV programs -- such as "Jungle
Jim", "Tarzan", "Sheena", ....
-- Doug Wilson
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