When Racism Slips Into Everyday Speech
This is an article that has some big surprises. It is important to understand the history of phrases and idioms.
My biggest surprise was:
“Eeny, meeny, miny, moe”: Learning the history of this phrase might taint your childhood memories. Heard at playgrounds around the world, this counting-out expression comes from a classic children’s rhyme dating back to the 19th century. Some early versions include the lyric, “Catch a n–ger by the toe.” The n-word was replaced by “tiger” in later years. Not quite as cute now, is it?
Click the link for more about the history of some idioms and phrases we may say and not know they have derived from a racial slur.
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