[Ads-l] paddy wagon

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 28 20:54:08 UTC 2017

I wonder when Al discovered that it was a slur? I spent the greater portion
of my life thinking that _paddy-wagon_ < "patty-wagon" < "patrol-wagon,"
with no reference to race or ethnicity. I've been familiar with _paddy_
itself since the beginning of time, but only as a synonym of e.g. _fade_
"white person" (as opposed to _shade_ "black person").

On Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 4:29 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> The Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC's _Deadline: White House_:
> "[Now President Trump is] talking about 'paddy wagons' which, by the way,
> is a *slur*, Mr. President!"
> JL
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