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Thread #56224 Message #877633
Posted By: JedMarum
29-Jan-03 - 11:24 AM
Thread Name: Epithet for English Immigrants in Song?
Subject: Epithet for English Immigrants in Song?
I was sure I'd asked the question here at Mudcat before, but couldn't find a reference in any of the old threads, so perhaps I asked elsehwere.
I am looking for the use of an obsure New England epithet in song. In particular; I would like to find the term "Jickie" used in song or verse. This was a term my grandparents used, jokingly refering to themselves and their neighbors - but I'm sure it was not always used jokingly in their earlier days.
My grandmother would always give my grandfather hell for using the word in front of me, but she would chuckle from time-to-time when he used it, as well. They told me it referred to the English immigrants, the poor and working class folks - sort of a local (perhaps less malicious) "N" word.
I found a description of the word at the On-line Dictionary of Playground Slang and they say:
"Jickie n. Derogatory term for a person from Northern England (living as an immigrant in America. Used in early 1900's and specifically referred to working class person from area around York. (ed: never heard this before so not even sure if the spelling is correct - help needed please)."
Anyone familiar with its use? Heard it in song??? Poem? Story?