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where did the word ***** originate from and why was it used to insult black men and women??

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  • 6 years ago
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    nỉgger (n.) ... 1786, earlier neger (1568, Scottish and northern England dialect), from French nègre, from Spanish nẻgro. From the earliest usage it was "the term that carries with it all the obloquy and contempt and rejection which whites have inflicted on blacks" [cited in Gowers, 1965, probably Harold R. Isaacs]. But as black inferiority was at one time a near universal assumption in English-speaking lands, the word in some cases could be used without deliberate insult. More sympathetic writers late 18c. and early 19c. seem to have used black (n.) and, after the American Civil War, colored person.

  • xyzzy
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    6 years ago

    It comes from the Latin Latin niger (black). It was not originally an insult simply a way of referring to black people. It only became a pejorative until about 1900 when colored was considered proper. See NAACP.

  • 6 years ago

    word n e g r o which means black in Spanish and other languages

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