Posted by Brian from Shawnee on October 08, 2005
In Reply to: Re: Jew him down posted by Brian from Shawnee on October 08, 2005
: : : : : : I like to know where the phrase came from - "Jew him/them down". Don't sound very nice, but need to know.
: : : : : It means to haggle, and yes, it does come from the stereotype of Jews being stingy and hard-nosed businessmen.
: : : : Haven't heard that in the US for decades. Maybe 40 years. It's verrrrrrrrrrrry offensive speech hereabouts.
: : : Here in the UK too. However, "very offensive" doesn't equal "never used", sadly.
: : In defense of people (usually older generation) who use this phrase, I believe they don't realize that it is offensive. They speak without thinking. Others: Dutch treat, Welch on a deal, that's white of you.
: A Jewish friend of mine has used this phrase, with a sly grin.
Let me clarify: My friend used the phrase only among his friends, and everyone was aware that he was being a "bad boy" by saying it. I don't think he uses it anymore, having matured.