[Ads-l] cotton-picking

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jun 24 19:17:45 EDT 2018


https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/06/24/david-bossie-joel-payne-fox-news/728942002/

 JL

On Sun, Jun 24, 2018 at 3:05 PM Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at mst.edu>
wrote:

> No it's not racial, although I must admit that at one time I thought
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> it was. Btw,  I compiled the following article a while back:
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>    'Slang "Cotton Picking": Its Dual Origin  As A Euphemism And A
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> Reference To The Rough Hands Of Both Whites And
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> Blacks (Not Necessarily Poor) Who Picked Cotton.'
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> in: Comments on Etymology,  vol. 39, no. 2-3, Nov.-Dec. 2009,
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> pp. 18-22.
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> Gerald Cohen
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> Original  ads-l message from James A. Landau <JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM>
> Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:03 PM
> Subject: cotton-picking
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> My daughter has two language questions:
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> 1) what is the origin of "cotton-picking"?  Is it or was it a racial
> slur?  Does it have anything to do with slaves picking cotton?
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> 2) what is the difference between "creek" and "crick" when referring to a
> small stream?  Is it a regional variation?
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> - Jim Landau
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