[Ads-l] =?UTF-8?Q?=C2=A0Re=3A_?=antedating "peckerwood"

James Landau 00000c13e57d49b8-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Wed Aug 11 13:45:19 UTC 2021

On  Mon, 9 Aug 2021 17:50:14 Zone - 0400  Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote::
<qquote>Amongst the colored, "peckerwood" is used pejoratively as a term of obloquy
for a white person or, literally, as the word for _woodpecker._ <end quote>

I do not recall ever having heard the term "peckerwood" from anyone of any race.  I am curious as to whether "pecker" = "penis" is the reason "peckerwood" is a term of obloquy.
James Landau
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