pds at VISI.COM
Tue Sep 24 18:14:27 UTC 2002
In the early '90s a number of my left-wing political buddies in the Twin
Cities, most of whom were white, used /bu' zhi/. I never saw it spelled out.
They could very well have gotten it from their Afro-American political buddies.
Quoting Jesse Sheidlower <jester at PANIX.COM>:
> > The earliest usage I have seen is from the 1/17/89 L.A. Times:
> Clarence Major's 1970 Dictionary of Afro-American has this under
> _boojy,_ a more usual spelling. My impression is that the _bourgie_
> spellings have been on the increase in recent years, but the -oo-
> r-less spellings still predominate.
> Jesse Sheidlower
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