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nigger in a woodpile

Posted: Thu Aug 26, 2004 8:10 pm
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I believe everyone should invest in an Oxford English Dictionary (OED).
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nigger in a woodpile

Posted: Thu Aug 26, 2004 8:25 pm
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The non caucasian equivalent is Wasp in a multinational.
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nigger in a woodpile

Posted: Thu Aug 26, 2004 8:39 pm
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"niggar in the wood pile" historically - niggar is derived from niggardly which is defined as selfish, miserly - to be "niggard" something has been supplied to you sparingly or someone is covetious of (?) - unschooled transition (not unlike today) ie.so and so is niggardly -I didn't get my full ration of flour ---yeh-the neggar must have been in the wood pile - (there isn't any wood or a supplier who was niggardly supplied wood)
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nigger in a woodpile

Posted: Thu Aug 26, 2004 8:53 pm
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You win the numbskull award for the worst etymology to date.
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nigger in a woodpile

Posted: Thu Aug 26, 2004 9:08 pm
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I second that. It's a semi-literate, ignorant and contemptible attempt to pass off worthless racist attitudes as scholarship.
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nigger in a woodpile

Posted: Thu Aug 26, 2004 9:22 pm
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I thought this site was going to be really informative. There are many words and phrases that I would like to know their origin. However, after looking at the responses here, I guess I'll just depend on other sources.
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nigger in a woodpile

Posted: Thu Aug 26, 2004 9:37 pm
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who was Niggaracci?
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Re: nigger in a woodpile

Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:32 pm
by Lulu3601
Wikipedia gives this origin

“Both the "fence" and "woodpile" variants developed about the same time in the period of 1840–50,[3] when the Underground Railroad was flourishing. The evidence is slight, but it is presumed that they were derived from actual instances of the concealment of fugitive slaves in their flight north under piles of firewood or within hiding places in stone walls.[4][5] Another possible origin comes from the practice of transporting pulpwood on special railroad cars. In the era of slavery, the pulpwood cars were built with an outer frame with the wood being stacked inside in moderately neat rows and stacks. However, given the nature of the cars, it was possible to smuggle persons in the pile itself, possibly giving rise to the term.”

There is more information at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigger_in_the_woodpile

It shows many uses of the phrase, even from British sources.

The phrase is now not used in polite society because it denigrates people of color.

A friend used to say “a colored gentleman in the woodpile.” A better alternative might be Quisling.