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Posted by ESC on May 10, 2003

In Reply to: Cotton-pickin posted by jeff on May 09, 2003

: anyone know the definition of cotton-pickin?

: Like, "wait just a cotton-pickin minute!"

COTTON-PICKING - as an adjective cotton-picking "is widespread as a term of disparagement. Damned, darned." From the "Dictionary of American Regional English," Volume 1 by Frederic G. Cassidy (1985, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., and London, England).

Actually, I think it's more light-hearted/ teasing than disparaging. "Keep your cotton-picking hands on my sandwich."

See also: the meaning and origin of cotton-picking, a.k.a. cotton-pickin'