[Ads-l] Cited in Green's

Ben Yagoda byagoda at UDEL.EDU
Mon Jan 24 09:05:10 EST 2022

Reminds me of a clever comeback at Albert Leonard Junior High School, New Rochelle, NY, circa 1967. Somebody calls you by name, then you say:

"That’s my name. Don’t use it in vain, unless you’re in pain.”

A variant was, “That’s my name, don’t wear it out.”


> On Jan 24, 2022, at 12:00 AM, ADS-L automatic digest system <LISTSERV at listserv.uga.edu> wrote:
> Date:    Sun, 23 Jan 2022 22:56:01 -0500
> From:    Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM <mailto:hwgray at GMAIL.COM>>
> Subject: Cited in Green's
> 1969 [image: [US]] H. Rap Brown Die Nigger Die!
> <https://www.google.com/url?q=https://greensdictofslang.com/sources/6826&source=gmail-imap&ust=1643605232000000&usg=AOvVaw15UkI6W8_HyDe7d7yjSPKl <https://www.google.com/url?q=https://greensdictofslang.com/sources/6826&source=gmail-imap&ust=1643605232000000&usg=AOvVaw15UkI6W8_HyDe7d7yjSPKl>> 8: I don’t call you nigger
> ’cause you’re mine /
> I call you nigger ’cause you shine.
> I know a version of this from 1948, Marshall, Texas:
> I don't call you "sun" because you shine
> I call you "son" because you mine.
> I.e., I done fucked yo' mama.
> That makes more sense than Brown's version.

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