Unusual application of "kike"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Dec 15 01:01:30 UTC 2012

At 12/10/2012 10:21 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>While _kike_ traces back in the main HDAS entry to an ur-gloss as
>'uncouth Jewish immigrant[s] from Russia or Eastern Europe', one
>cite (1914) explicitly includes as kikes "illiterate Russians or
>Russian Jews", and another (1904-5) mentions that "we have heard of
>'kike' goyim too".  Several others do strongly associate kikehood
>with specifically Russian Jews, and/or poor (or maybe ethnically
>stereotypical?) Jews.  So religion/race is neither necessary nor
>sufficient for being a kike.

I wonder whether the non-Jewish applications are just extensions from
the original target.


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