Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 10:18:26 -0500 From: Jesse T Sheidlower Subject: Re: "sand nigger" + similar We do have some examples of _sand nigger_ 'dark-skinned native of a land believed to have deserts' from before the Gulf War, but not too much before; I think mid-1970s is our earliest. For terms like this we do see a lot of confusion about where people are actually from. We don't have any _sand nigger_ examples referring to Indians (aside from Barry's), but we do have _camel jockey_ in that sense; it normally refers to Arabs. We also have occasional examples of _raghead_ in equally broad use. Most strikingly we just got in a cite for _Kurd_ 'an Arab', in the sentence 'the Kurds at the 7-11 wouldn't let me buy any beer'. (The student had defined it as 'an Arabian [sic]', so there's no chance it was literal.) In short I wouldn't expect too much consistency or realism from this type of ethnic epithet. Jesse Sheidlower Random House Reference