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

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 15 14:00:21 EDT 2016


On Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 7:56 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:
> >     > On Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 5:16 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net>
> wrote:

> 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.
>

Not again till 1972?!!! Surely, that can't be right! This joke:

Q. What's a Texan?
A. A wetback on his way to Oklahoma.

I first heard in 1958.

Temporary Admission of Illterate Mexican Laborers: Hearings ... on
https://books.google.com/books?id=abNPfTyJIosC
United States. Congress. House. Committee on immigration and naturalization
- 1920  ‎
I stood here and did all in my power to keep the "_wetback_" and the
"grayback" and the  "blueback" from coming across.

I must be misreading the thread in some way.
-- 
-Wilson
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All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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