Date: Mon, 13 Nov 1995 12:23:39 CST
From: Joan Hall jdhall[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]FACSTAFF.WISC.EDU
Subject: Re: More on "nigger rich"
Volume III of DARE will have these citations for "nigger rich":
c1930 Swann _Lang. Circus Lot_ 13, _Nigger rich:_ One who spends money
1941 Corle _Desert Country_ 49, There is in the temperament of the American
Negro..the urge and desire to burst forth from a more or less restricted
social status into kingship--into being Caesar, czar, sultan, dictator. The
stultified ego has, naturally, a tendency to express the counterpart. This
manifestation of the human psyche has led to the vernacular expression
1968-70 _DARE_ (Qu. U37,.._Somebody who has plenty of money_) Inf CA113,
Nigger rich--somebody who's just made a lot and is flashing it
around--common word here; (Qu. W40,.._A woman who overdresses or..spends too
much on clothes_) Inf KS12, Nigger rich; (Qu. HH35, _A woman who puts on a
lot of airs: "She's too _______ for me."_) Inf PA245, Nigger rich--acting
like she just got rich but it's only a few bucks.
1986 Pederson _LAGS Concordance_, 1 inf, nwMS, Nigger rich--making money,
spending it immediately.
So the phrase is definitely "out there." Remember that we don't endorse it,
we only report it!