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Narrowback Irish

Sean, who is originally from Ireland, wonders if the term narrowback, which usually refers to second- or third-generation Irish-Americans, is considered a slur against the Irish. He also references an earlier conversation of ours about the term...

Heebie-Jeebies

A cantor from a synagogue in Nyack, New York, says she’s fond of the expression “the heebie-jeebies” but recently began worrying that it might be anti-Semitic. Did the term “heebie-jeebies” originate as a slur against...

nipping

nipping  n.— «Players are often extraordinarily generous, buying drinks and not merely to make opponents drunk. They are big on “nipping,” and this is no racist slur on the oriental client base: it is poker parlance for lending...

wab

wab  n.— «I hate being called “wab,” it’s a slur for Mexicans, like wetback.» —“The Sounds of ‘Silence’ Series: teens” by Theresa Walker Orange County Register (California) May 15, 2001. (source:...

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