Bullshit from the UD

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 25 06:08:45 UTC 2014

"Nigger spelled backwards. Used to trick black people."

Old-timers will recall my noting the use of *reggin" as a pswaydo-cover for
"nigger" in the BE slang of 1957 Los Angeles.

In that year, Los Angeles County ended after-sundown access to the beaches.
Since black Angelenos normally went to the beach only after sundown -
during the day, beaches were neck-deep in white people - this policy
removed black people from the beaches as effectively as the Jim Crow laws
then in effect from the Jersey Shore to Galveston Island.

The explication of this new policy was headlined, "No More Reggins On The
Beaches," in the local black tabloid.
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 - http://www.americandialect.org

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