Jesse T Sheidlower
jester at PANIX.COM
Thu Feb 3 20:44:52 UTC 2000
> I just received a request from a non-linguist friend who wants to know the origins
> of the term "cracker" as used by African Americans to describe Caucasians. Can
> anyone on the list either provide that information, or, more likely, suggest a
> source where I can find the information?
I think the Random House Historical Dictionary of American
Slang has a rather full treatment of the term, including
the older uses as well as the 'white person' nuances.
Clarence Major should never be trusted on such matters.
Oxford English Dictionary
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