[Ads-l] _splib_

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Feb 20 06:55:38 EST 2017

Wilson is absolutely correct, of course.

This canard extends at least as far back as the early '70s, when an article
in AS included "splib" among a list of "blends," etymologizing it as a
blend of "spade" and "liberal."

Am still laffing mirthlessly.


On Sun, Feb 19, 2017 at 9:17 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> Green’s:
> 2. 'a liberal black who looks angry but will not upset the status quo’
> (American Speech XLIX, 1976); i.e. a derog. term for a black person.
> Google:
> noun. A black person who opposes discrimination, etc, but will not
> challenge the status quo; a liberal black : Don't nobody want no nice
> nigger anymore. They want an angry splib. [1964+ Black; fr spade plus
> liberal] The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann
> Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D ...
> This is bullshit.
> --
> -Wilson
> -----
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> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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