Using the “N” Word: For Fun and Profit

Be advised that I have used the expression “N-Word” below in order to circumvent filtering technology that might flag this site as racist, spam or a hate-based website. Thank you for understanding. If the word itself offends you then, I recommend that you do not read the rest of this post as the historical image below might trigger you. 

Some small towns used n-word in their names, for example, “N-word Run Fork.”

Q: In what state was the small town “N-word Run Fork?”

N Word Trivia

“The etymology of N-word is often traced to the Latin niger, meaning black. The Latin niger became the noun negro (black person) in English, and simply the color black in Spanish and Portuguese. In Early Modern French niger became negre and, later, negress (black woman) was clearly a part of lexical history. One can compare to negre the derogatory N-word – and earlier English variants such as negar, neegar, neger, and niggor – which developed into a parallel lexico-semantic reality in English. It is likely that N-word is a phonetic spelling of the white Southern mispronunciation of Negro. Whatever its origins, by the early 1800s it was firmly established as a denigrative epithet. Almost two centuries later, it remains a chief symbol of white racism.” | SOURCE: The Jim Crow Museum

In 1874, the McLoughlin Brothers of New York manufactured a puzzle game called “Chopped Up N-word.” Beginning in 1878, the B. Leidersdory Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, produced N-wordHair Smoking Tobacco – several decades later the name was changed to BiggerHair Smoking Tobacco. In 1917, the American Tobacco Company had a N-wordHair redemption promotion. N-wordHair coupons were redeemable for “cash, tobacco, S. & H. Green stamps, or presents.” (See the green picture above) SOURCE: The Jim Crow Museum

Black History Quiz Answer

N-Word Run Fork, Virginia

Racism 101

  • N-Word, v. To wear out, spoil or destroy.
  • N-Wordish, adj. Acting in an indolent and irresponsible manner.
  • N-Wordlipping, v. Wetting the end of a cigarette while smoking it.
  • N-Wordlover, n. Derogatory term aimed at whites lacking in the necessary loathing of blacks.
  • N-Word luck, n. Exceptionally good luck, emphasis on undeserved.
  • N-Word-flicker, n. A small knife or razor with one side heavily taped to preserve the user’s fingers.
  • N-Word heaven, n. a designated place, usually the balcony, where blacks were forced to sit, for example, in an integrated movie theater or church.
  • N-Word knocker, n. axe handle or weapon made from an axe handle.
  • N-Word rich, adj, Deeply in debt but ostentatious.
  • N-Word shooter, n. A slingshot.
  • N-Word steak, n. a slice of liver or a cheap piece of meat.
  • N-Word stick, n. police officer’s baton.
  • N-Word tip, n. leaving a small tip or no tip in a restaurant.
  • N-Word in the woodpile, n. a concealed motive or unknown factor affecting a situation in an adverse way.
  • N-Word work, n. Demeaning, menial tasks.

SOURCE: Green, Jonathan. 1985. The Dictionary of Contemporary Slang. New York: Stein and Day, p. 190.