BE slang: _fade_ "white person"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 22 05:09:01 UTC 2013

On Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 11:02 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at> wrote:
> But there's an older entry under _fade_ 1, 'a worthless fellow', with a single cite from 1893.  Probably a coincidence, but…

That's the _shade_ that led to "shady (character)." Of course, that
doesn't preclude the possibility that its originating reference was to
the colored.
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society -

More information about the Ads-l mailing list