8 Racist Words You Probably Use Everyday That Make You Sound Revolting

It is in all likelihood that you’ve been using words of racial bigots without even knowing it. We sometimes make use of lots of the seemingly spiteful words which started in sexist, racist or terms generally used in demeaning situations. And as language keeps advancing overtime, it appears that most of us can no longer recall that these words are enough to demean members of another race. While this doesn’t automatically make you a hateful or revolting person since you use these disparaging slang unknowingly there is need to know some of these words in order to keep them at bay. By so doing, people won’t misunderstand or regard you as a racist.

Hip Hip Hooray!

This phrase is filled with controversy as to whether or not it is racially offensive, the first part of this phrase might have a connection with the Hep Hep Riots which is an anti-Semitic demonstrations that began in Germany in the 19th century. Germans allegedly cheered “hep hep” as they compelled Jews out of their homes across Europe.

“Hep” is probably an acronym for “Hierosolyma est perdita,” meaning “Jerusalem has fallen” in Latin. The Crusaders are thought to have used this as a battle cry, though this isn’t backed with much proof. Also, German shepherds or hunters may have used “hep hep” as a traditional command to rally trained dogs. To avoid sounding hateful and revolting, refrain from making use of the first two words. “Hooray” comes from hurrah, a version of huzzah, a “sailor’s shout of exaltation and passes on just as much high spirit as the full version.

Gypped

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This word is conceivably the most frequently used racist word currently existing. It is an offensive term often used in a situation where someone seems to be cheated or swindled. For example, if someone purchased a gold earring that turns out to be a gold-plated stone. The person is likely to complain, “I got gypped”. Another suitable instance is a circumstance where someone who asked how much a particular product is sold gives a reply like “Man, five dollars for a candy bar? What a gyp!” So, why is the use of this term seen as repulsive? This term equates the Gypsy, or Roma peoples, with being thieves, cheats and con artists. Some centuries before now, Gypsy was used to refer to a group of strange people who roam the countryside operating scams and it used to be a racial slur for the Romany people who immigrated from Eastern Europe. The term “Gypsy” developed from the habit of calling the people Egyptians, since they sort of resemble Egyptians and the locals were seemingly too shy to query the people about where they were really from. Therefore, anytime someone says that they “got gypped,” they are necessarily implying that they were swindled.

Mulatto

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Mulatto is a term originally used to make reference to a person of mixed white and black ancestry or who is born from one black parent and one white parent. The saddening mulatto myth came into being from the 19th century American literature at the time of slavery. The myth nearly exclusively concentrates on biracial offspring who are light enough to pass for white and it is commonly used when alluding to the bi-racial offspring of African slaves and essentially, their white European slave masters. Let’s revisit that American literature class again, we were thought such mulattoes were often not aware of their black heritage based on literature.

Upon finding out their African origin, tragedy follows as such people see themselves barred from white society and thus, the privileges accorded to whites. Sad and worried about who they are, they resort to suicide or the white will cut off their black family. Also, such characters were commonly portrayed as sexually seductive, effeminate or otherwise troubled because of their mixed blood. Why you shouldn’t use this demeaning term? Most people trust this is a racist term since nobody would “enjoy being referred to as a mule” However, it seems to only have a negative connotation in the United States.

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Uppity

You’ve probably been ignorant of this term’s history and therefore more often than not use it, but it is racist to use Uppity in all context especially on African-Americans. The term originated from the times of segregation in the South when Southerners make use of this term to refer to African-Americans who they deemed didn’t know their place in society. It is racially offensive and as such does not sit well when used around black people. But the word “uppity” though it has racial connotations has become adored by conservatives.

Ghetto

Yep, the term ‘Ghetto’ clearly has a racial connotations when used as an adjective to describe things or people who are of lower class. The term has racist origins and is associated with the name of the Jewish quarter in Venice where the Venetian authorities forced the city’s Jews to live. The recent definition of “ghetto” is “a part of a city where members of a certain group or race reside normally in substandard conditions”. This unfortunate history of this term really makes its usage imply that minorities are low-class whether or not it used intentionally.

Hooligan

Whenever you call somebody a Hooligan, you are probably calling the person a dirty Irish drunk. The original use of the word “hooligan” dates back to British newspaper and police reports in the summer of 1898. They appear to have adapted the racially offensive term from the Houlihan family, a group of Irish immigrants living in London. The family is said to have gained fame for their funny drinking songs, jigs and the enthusiastic police brutality that tended to ensue.

However, irrespective of the struggle, the Houlihans kept on fighting for their right to party, and did their place of origin proud by eternally linking their ethnic name to troublemakers.

Eskimo 

This term is another term that will offend some people due to historical reasons. Eskimos are the indigenous people who traditionally occupied the northern circumpolar region from eastern Siberia (Russia), across Alaska (United States), Canada, and Greenland. The term has since the late 20th century, been rejected by numerous indigenous people referring to it as offensive, because it was used by people who discriminated against them, in its linguistic origins. The term literally means “eaters of raw flesh”. Also, etymological research recommends it could mean “snowshoe-netter,” too.  However, in any case, when you make reference to an entire group of people based solely on their perceived characters, you’re only demeaning their culture and existence. It’s safe to say that we should all be using proper terms, like Inuit rather than general terms.

Bugger

The term Bugger came to being from the Bogomils, who led a religious sect during the Middle Ages known as “Bulgarus”. Through various languages, the term changed into “bugger”.  Given that medieval Catholics used it as a general term for all members of the East Orthodox Church or other people whose beliefs are not in line with theirs as members of that church or such people were considered heretics, and heresy is, of course, a slippery steep hill down to sodomy (a bad, gross, terrible, slippery steep hill). Additionally, many people believe the Bogomils approached sex in an “inverse way” (including Homosexuality). And even in Hungarian, a related word still means a slur for homosexual men. So each time you call someone a “bugger,” you’re accusing them of being a Bulgarian sodomite.

Amira Daniel
Amira Daniel
Amira is a personal finance and entertainment writer by trade with several years of experience covering businesses, CEOs, and celebrity profiles, her favourite subjects include business and personal finance, entertainment, celebrities, and travel. When she's not writing, you can find her reading or catching up on any of her favourite series

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