BE slang: _fade_ "white person"

paul johnson paulzjoh at MTNHOME.COM
Tue Jan 22 03:57:07 UTC 2013

Paul Johson
I barely remember "fade" it was heard but never that popular in Chicago
in the '50s.
On 1/21/2013 9:47 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> American Slang: 2nd Edition - Page 158
> "fade 4 n _black by 1970s_ A white person"
> Back in the day, during the course of a thread about _ofay_, I OT'ed
> about the use, in addition to "ofay," of _fade_ as a term for "white
> person" in Saint Louis BE, ca. 1950-. By the mid- '60's, I was living
> in Los Angeles. The term was still unknown there. The only person that
> I ever heard use it, a native of L.A., attributed it to me and
> mispronounced it: "A 'fabe,' as *you* would say" or words to that
> effect.
> --
> -Wilson
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