Top 10 Interesting Facts About Certain Slurs

Slurs. Whether they be to target a race, gender, or sexuality, there is always a history behind them. Here are some interesting facts about certain slurs you may not have known about.
The Top Ten
1 "F****t" was allegedly used to describe burning wood and was later used to describe gays being burned at the stake

Bonus: In British slang, a "f*g" refers to a lit cigarette.

2 "ABCD" can be used as an anti-Asian slur; it stands for "American-born confused Desi"

Specifically South Asian-Americans; people descended from India and other surrounding areas. They’re "confused" because they supposedly don’t fully understand America.

ABC however, while not an offensive slur (thankfully), can be used as "American-born Chinese".

lol I'm American-bron Desi and I had no idea about this

3 "K**e" comes from the Yiddish word "kikel", which means "circle"; it referred to Jews who signed entry forms with a circle

When Jewish immigrants would sign entry forms on Ellis Island, many would sign it with a circle rather than an X. When immigrants signed forms with a circle, they’d thus be called "k**es".

4 "Fuzzy-Wuzzy" was used against Hadendoa warriors to insult their hairstyles

Though a bit more specific compared to others on this list, it’s kind of interesting how a silly term like "Fuzzy-Wuzzy" could be linked to something more sinister.

5 "Spic" is theorized to have come from "spaghetti"

In a similar fashion to "frog" or "Kraut", "spic" is said to have come from "spaghetti" and was mainly used against Italian-Americans.

6 "Jap" refers to either Japanese people or "Jewish-American princesses"

Though the former's origins are obvious, the latter refers to a stereotype that Jewish women are materialistic.

7 "Limey" came from British sailors who consumed limes to cure scurvy

Though it’s very rarely used anymore, I found this one particularly interesting. Probably not connected to the British interjection "blimey".

8 "W****r" is an Irish slur that’s short for "white n****r"

So the infamous N word, used against blacks, can also be used against certain white people?!

You mean the one that rhymes with anchor?

Irish Americans sure had it rough. It’s something that isn’t talked about much in the history books.

9 "Kraut" was used against German soldiers by American soldiers during both World Wars

Though these days "kraut" is mainly used as a shorter form of "sauerkraut". Brits during the wars preferred "Jerry" or "Fritz".

10 "Guinea" was a part of old British currency worth about 20 shillings made in West Africa. The term has since become a racial slur for Italian-Americans.
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