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Post by Archived Topic » Tue Jul 29, 1997 11:00 pm

Can you give me the origin of the word wog?


Submitted by David Bechard (New York - U.S.A.)
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Post by Jonathon Green » Thu Jul 31, 1997 7:00 am

The ety. of wog is unknown; suggestions include that of F. C. Bowen in Sea Slang (1929) who includes `Wogs, lower class Babu shipping clerks on the Indian coast', but provides no further detail; popular belief has always chosen the acronym WOG: westernized oriental gentleman or wily oriental gentleman, while slang guru Eric Partridge opts for what he sees as the simplest and most obvious root: an abbreviation of SE golliwog. Certainly this once-popular doll, with its caricatured `black' features, has long since been marginalised as politically incorrect
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