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Does GW consider the phrase "I jewed them down" a racial slur?

Bestill

Posted 8:36 am, 09/10/2012

The problem is probably in your blood.

Bestill

Posted 8:34 am, 09/10/2012

You say tightwad like it's a bad thing.


That is because you were raised to be miserly. Good people are taught to frugal, but your people are miserly. ..

Truthseeker911

Posted 8:23 am, 09/10/2012

Me too, ARN, also the phrase " ni***r rigged" and I didn't associate it racially until I was older.

andreallynow

Posted 8:20 am, 09/10/2012

I grew up always hearing people call Brazil nuts, "****toes". I never thought anything about it...

pixel

Posted 8:18 am, 09/10/2012

You say tightwad like it's a bad thing...

Bestill

Posted 8:08 am, 09/10/2012

That is probably because everyone that goes to your church is a stingy tightwad. If you do not attend church you probably get it from your stingy tightwad parents.

Gillian

Posted 8:07 am, 09/10/2012

Gillian

Posted 8:05 am, 09/10/2012

Jew | jew, v.

trans. To cheat or overreach, in the way attributed to Jewish traders or usurers. Also, to drive a hard bargain, and intr., to haggle. Phr. to jew down, to beat down in price; also transf.These uses are now considered to be offensive.


1825 Constitutional Adv. (Frankfort, Kentucky) 15 Dec. 3/1 We hope, for the honour and character of the state, that neither the legislature nor the people, will Jew the items of expence.

1833 L. Dow Dealings of God (1849) 189 If they [sc. the Jews] will Jew people, they cannot flourish among Yankees, who are said to ‘outjew’ them in trading.

a1845 R. H. Barham Brothers of Birchington in Ingoldsby Legends (1847) 3rd Ser. 267 Is it that way you'd Jew one?

1847 W. Irving Let. 30 Apr. in Life & Lett. (1864) IV. i. 7 Some mode of screwing and jewing the world out of more interest than one's money is entitled to.

1848 W. Bagley Let. 14 Mar. in N. E. Eliason Tarheel Talk (1956) 279, I Jewed old Galloway down to 1·50 for ploughs.

1851 H. Mayhew London Labour I. 368/1 Some of the ladies in the squares..sets to work Jewing away as hard as they can, pricing up their own things, and downcrying yourn.

1870 Congress. Globe 7 July 5340/1 This bill supposes that Congress..is ready to commence jewing down the pay of its General.

1872 Chicago Tribune 14 Oct. 8/2 The prices [for lodging] asked vary—the lodger being generally asked as much as it is thought he will give. If he jews, he will get it for comparatively little.

1891 Daily News 2 Nov. 7/3 He'd take care he didn't ‘Jew’ him again.

1897 R. M. Ferguson Village Poet 172 They'll not jew us—we're no' sae hieland.

1908 Dial. Notes <3< 324 Jew, to beat down the price. ‘I tried to jew him, but he wouldn't jew.’

1926 Market Growers Jrnl. 1 July 3, I make my retail prices about half way between grocery store wholesale and retail prices, and do not stand for any ‘jewing’ down.

1937 Scribner's Mag. Apr. 25 Thought we might get the divorce a little under fifty dollars. Maybe we might jew the young man down.

1939 A. Powell What's become of Waring? v. 140 Then we can meet again and jew each other down.

1946 W. G. Hammond Remembrance of Amherst 121 Both here and at the mountain top we were unmercifully jewed for all the refreshments.

1947 L. Z. Hobson Gentleman's Agreement i. 9 Now she was describing the large new house she and D*** wanted to buy. ‘Did you close the sale on the old place?’ Mrs. Green asked. ‘Not yet. That cheap Pat Curran keeps trying to Jew us down.’

1968 L. Rosten Joys of Yiddish 142 Just as some Gentiles use ‘Jew’ as a contemptuous synonym for too-shrewd, sly bargaining (‘He tried to J

1970 R. Lowell Notebk. 69 This embankment, jewed—No, yankeed—by the highways down to a grassy lip.
1971 R. Thomas Backup Men xxi. 184, I say how much and he says this much and I say it's not enough so we jew around with each other until we make a price.

1972 Harper's Mag. May 83 Jew the fruitman down for his last Christmas tree.

1972 New Society 11 May 301/1, I got jewed down..over the cheap offer.

sojourn

Posted 8:00 am, 09/10/2012

I don't think "jewed down" is offensive, but that's just me. I don't say it and "feel" offensive when I say it, therefore I hold to that belief. That's a skewed way to look at things, and totally incorrect, I realize. But that term has softened and become so general over the years. And it originated in that term. The "n-rigging term mentioned below was originally "Jury-Rigging" and took on a dastardly term by the addition of a racial slur. Jew down has always been jew down. Does that make a difference? I don't know. And maybe people will say I'm thoughtless or cold-minded for not being offended with jew down. But just as for me I don't find it offensive. I think political correctness has gone overboard in many ways. Again, my opinion and I'm not saying it's right or wrong. It's just how I feel

pixel

Posted 7:56 am, 09/10/2012

I lean toward the term as being more stereotypical than racist.

You know, as Jews have been thought to be kinda reluctant to part with money and tend to "haggle down" the cost of things. If this is the case then it seems like we all have a little Jew in us these days.

Your opinion may vary.

Takers

Posted 7:48 am, 09/10/2012

What is racist is you cannot use the N word but call out jews negatively on this site. Nigriigging something. HUH? I can get a good deal i will Jew 'em down.. Quack did that talked about killing cooking jews once and it was ignored by the site OP.

Bestill

Posted 7:09 am, 09/10/2012

It is offensive because all Baptists are stingy tight wads.

tirebiter999111

Posted 12:33 am, 09/10/2012

the rigged one started off during the war with germany and people would say something was "gerry-rigged"

downinthehollar

Posted 12:01 am, 09/10/2012

. Sounds like it is a compliment saying Jewish people are thrifty with money....whats wrong with that....so if your of other race i guess your a "tightwad" LMAO


Jew Down

The act of a buyer negotiating a lower price for goods or services from a seller.
The car dealer wanted me to pay sticker price for my new car, but I successfully Jeweddown< to a lower price

JEWED
To haggle someone down...... jew down

happytrees

Posted 11:49 pm, 09/09/2012

I worked with this person before she was African-America, if thats the PC term now days, and we was working on something and she said "well it looks like we are going to have to ****-rig this ****." She stops and looks up at me, I was just kinda like OK. She then says "don't look at me like that your in Wilkes county, I know you have used that term yourself." I cracked up and said yep.

BlueRidgeGuy

Posted 11:40 pm, 09/09/2012

Afro-engineering?

kenc

Posted 11:36 pm, 09/09/2012

I've heard the phrase n.rigged , I don't think everyone realized how racist it really was .It was something that was started generations ago , some people used it without thinking.

ENUF56

Posted 11:33 pm, 09/09/2012

I use that all the time. It just means to fix something using anything you can find.

Fins

Posted 11:25 pm, 09/09/2012

Yes he did. There is no way to use that phrase and it not mean anything racist

saturdaynight

Posted 11:24 pm, 09/09/2012

What about the phrase "****rigged"? My dad use to say that all the time but didn't mean anything racial by it

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