[Ads-l] The NY Times prints "nigger" ...

MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM AMRDEC (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Thu Sep 15 13:52:18 EDT 2016


I though you meant that you suspected that the 1929 cite was a one-off, and that the expression didn't get legs until much later (which I don't think is the case -- it came into being not long before 1928, and has been used continuously since then).

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> I meant only that the OED has a long gap.  Its entry "has not been fully updated."
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> From: "MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM AMRDEC (US)" <william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil>
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> > (A more racially-offensive W than "wetback" would have been "wop," although I suppose that might have required dating the play 100
> years
> > earlier.  As a side note, however, the OED dates "wop" to 1919 and "wetback" to only 10 years later -- the latter perhaps an outlier, since
> > the next quotation is 1972.)
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> It isn't difficult to find many citations of "wetback" between 1929 and 1972, including those associated with "Operation Wetback" of the
> 1950s (a program to repatriate illegal aliens from Mexico back to that country).
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