Date: Wed, 3 Jan 1996 11:56:12 -0500
From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM
Subject: Re: new word?
I have recently heard a word I presume to be Black English, though
reported by a white. Does anyone know the derivation/etymology
or even the meaning of the following : huji/hoojie? It is supposed
to refer to whites.
This is a Black E variant of _hoosier._ The earliest example I
know of is from ca1970 in DARE s.v. hoosier 1.b., showing this
pronunciation phonetically. We have scattered examples since
then. Note that C. Major in _Juba to Jive_ suggests dates of
1940s-60s, and while this is not improbable, Major is extremely
unreliable for this sort of thing. It does mean 'white person',
and the evidence shows contemptuous use.
Random House Reference
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