nitty-gritty: racist term?

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Wed May 15 18:15:32 UTC 2002

>... UK police are not allowed to use the term 'nitty gritty' because it
>allegedly originally meant the waste at the bottom of a slave ship once
>the slaves were taken off.

Another silly baseless etymythology, I think.

Before further examination of this expression's amazing 250-year
politically-charged history, let's see a single citation from before 1950.

-- Doug Wilson

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