Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Wed Sep 19 13:25:51 UTC 2007

I find over 130,000 raw Googlits for "jig(g)aboo."


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In a message dated 9/18/07 6:44:47 PM, hwgray at GMAIL.COM writes:

> Surely, "jig(aboo)" = black, colored, Negro, African-American, etc,.
> etc., has not been
> resurrected?! I don't think that I've ever heard it in the wild. I
> know it only from literature and the movies. Or am I mistaken in
> assuming that it ever died, in the first place?
> -Wilson

Everyone I can think of who actually used it is now dead. People born around
the time of WWI. They used it somewhat pejoratively (i.e, I don't think they
would have normally said it to anyone's face), as I recall, but they had much
more offensive pejoratives in their wordstock.

The fact that JL found it in Wikipedia does not necessarily indicate that it
is still very much in use. The authors of the entry may just be citing what
are, even for them, archaic terms. Or maybe the authors are just very old. They
are obviously not very educated.

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