Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 2 04:00:26 UTC 2007

FWIW, Dave Chappelle defined one meaning of  "ghetto" as the modern
equivalent of "nigger-rich." His definition had to do with a person
who puts his freedom and even his life into jeopardy selling narcotics
in order to obtain huge lootie-bonds, which he then uses to buy an
Escalade or whatever the hippest pimpmobile is, while continuing to
live iin the projects.


On 5/1/07, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:
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> I first encountered _ghetto_, adj., on a student slang last way back in 1997.  It was defined, in typically vague undergrad fashion, as "something bad."
>   _Scary Movie 2_ (2001) includes the line, "Some people is so ghetto !"  That was also the year I began to hear it on the Springer show, used almost exclusively by black guests.
>   A preliminary definition might be, "exemplifying stereotypical, lower-class black attitudes, tastes, or behavior; (_chiefly in African- American contexts_) meretricious; unsophisticated; crude."
>   JL
> Doug Harris <cats22 at FRONTIERNET.NET> wrote:
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> Beyond being offensive, such terms as nigger-rig are, IMHO, more
> than a wee bit ironic, too:
> If that term is supposed to mean something has been made to "just
> barely work", it could be imagined that the fixer had, at the VERY
> least, the git-up-and-go to get (whatever) working AGAIN, even if
> not quite to designed-for standards.
> And truth be told, the person who caused (whatever) to be dysfunctional
> more'n likely was a chromatically disadvantaged person, as I am.
> --
> And I'm curious as to who uses the term 'reggin'. That sounds like a
> construction that might have been arrived at by a rapper.
> (the other) doug
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> Wilson Gray
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> Hasn't it been proclaimed that racism is dead? New formations such as
> "niggerbox" for boombox and "nigger-rig" as a replacement for
> "jury-rig," as well as pswaydo-euphemisms like "reggin ("nigger"
> spelled backward) weed" for low-quality grass make the 21st-century
> appear to be only numerically distinct from the 20th.
> -Wilson
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