To: Prodigal Son
I know here in the UK it is considered an unacceptable thing to call people...
Odd, that, considering the term has its origins in Britain. The term is acually an acronym standing for "Westernized Oriental Gentleman", and dates from Victorian times...
I will have to ask about some more to see if my perceptions on this are correct. I know for certain that the term 'gollywog' is definitely a unPC. The gollywog was apparantly a doll of some sort that used to come with marmalade jars. Apparantly it was black.
The term is acually an acronym standing for "Westernized Oriental Gentleman", and dates from Victorian times...
Do you have a reputable source for that? I distrust any proffered etymologies that involve pre-Modern Era acronyms. I've seen apocryphal ones for "posh" and "shit" that supposedly predate the modern era which are undoubtedly false.
Feel free to disregard my previous post. The OED is quoted further down the thread.
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