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Hurston's Glossary of Harlem Slang

Posted by Smokey Stover on May 01, 2009 at 15:26

In Reply to: Hurston's Glossary of Harlem Slang posted by ESC on May 01, 2009 at 13:25:

: Zora Neale Hurston's - Glossary of Harlem Slang
: Slang terms circa 1930's

: http://aalbc.com/authors/harlemslang.htm

: I was looking for a definition of "butt-sprung" and found it at this site.

Thank God for small lists. In going from top to bottom I found "Jig" and "Zigaboo." During summers in the 1940s and '50s, near my home in Tinytown, I worked alongside black migrant laborers from Jamaica and the Bahamas harvesting onions. The local white townspeople called the black workers "jigaboos," a term I had not heard previously and have not heard since. I don't know if the workers were aware of the term. I had plenty of conversations with ny co-workers, but that never came up.
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