[Ads-l] paddy wagon

Peter Reitan pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 28 17:09:57 EDT 2017


Even if it's true that it's a reference to Irishmen, they were typically hired as policemen who manned and operated the police wagons, so it's more descriptive than derogatory. Not every race/ethnic reference is a slur.
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I wonder when Al discovered that it was a slur? I spent the greater portion
of my life thinking that _paddy-wagon_ < "patty-wagon" < "patrol-wagon,"
with no reference to race or ethnicity. I've been familiar with _paddy_
itself since the beginning of time, but only as a synonym of e.g. _fade_
"white person" (as opposed to _shade_ "black person").

On Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 4:29 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> The Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC's _Deadline: White House_:
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> "[Now President Trump is] talking about 'paddy wagons' which, by the way,
> is a *slur*, Mr. President!"
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> JL
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