Thursday, December 08, 2016

Word of the day: buckra

The word of the day is buckra:

noun Southern U.S. (chiefly South Atlantic States) .

  1. Usually Disparaging and Offensive. a term used to refer to a white man.
disparaging term among U.S. blacks for "white person," especially a poor one, 1790, apparently from an African language; cf. mbakara "master" in Efik, a language of the Ibibio people of southern Nigeria.


"Marginalized and without demand for their labor, poor whites bore up under rude epithets—crackers, white trash, po buckra."

 - Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

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