Date: Wed, 3 Jan 1996 11:56:12 -0500 From: Jesse T Sheidlower 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. Jesse Sheidlower Random House Reference