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Re: God-awful

Posted by ESC on October 15, 2002

In Reply to: Re: Knockin' posted by Mia on October 15, 2002

: : : : Could someone tell me the origin of nigger knocking, or of the nigger chaser> thank you

: : : The now considered offensive nigger is a variation of negro (which some people also find offensive), which means black. Nigger knocking is just alliteration.

: : Nigger-knocking is when people in a vehicle stick a board out the window and knock down a black person who is walking along the road. I learned that phrase while reading a biography of Janis Joplin, who grew up in Texas. I guess nigger chasing would be along the same lines. Isn't that god-awful.

: : : : Now, now, reader of the Janis Joplin biography- one might take your "God-awful" as offensive as well. I would think the "devil" would be more appropriate to depict the word awful.

I stand by my word. It was an abomination. Although I should have put a hyphen in there.

Main Entry: god-aw·ful
Pronunciation: gä-'do-f&l
Function: adjective
Etymology: goddamned + awful
Date: 1878
: extremely unpleasant or disagreeable : ABOMINABLE