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Mighty white of you

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on November 15, 2005

In Reply to: Mighty white of you posted by Bob on November 14, 2005

: : Regarding the phrase, "Mighty white of you?" has anyone heard that pertaining to White Russians, not the racist form? I thought it had another meaning besides the racist innuendo it sounds like.

: Wishful thinking? The phrase in English is purely racist. In Russian, "ochyen byelo" doesn't cut it.

There was once a phrase in British English "to behave like a white man", meaning "to do the decent thing". Not now current. (VSD)