English Vocabulary: Racial Slurs


The word-of-mouth allegations spread rapidly throughout Guatemala: gringos are snatching babies and ripping out their vital organs for sale abroad.
Dangerous Rumors By Laura Lopez/Mexico City, Trish O''Kane/Guatemala City. At http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,980550,00.html
gringo = a Latin American (disparaging) term for foreigners (especially Americans and Englishmen).

• ginzo → Italian Mafia types

• honky → movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger is a honky.

• hunky → especially laborer, East central Europe.

• white trash → in movie The Silence of the Lambs (film), agent Clarice is being called a white trash by Dr Lector.

• redskin → Native American. aka American Indian.

• canuck → Canadian

• redneck → rubes in US of A

• dago → Italian or Spaniard or Portuguese

• Kraut → German. The doctor in movie Dr. Strangelove is being called a kraut.

• wetback → Mexican, especially those entered USA illegally. (because they swim through Rio Grande river, ~1929)

• Jap → probably originated from WWII, by the Americans

• Chink → probably originated in America, in the Chinese begrudging era.

• coon → black person [etymology: because coon means dirty, soiled. ?]

See also: comprehensive and esoteric collection: Racial slurs.