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Oreo

[awr-ee-oh, ohr-] /ˈɔr iˌoʊ, ˈoʊr-/
noun, plural Oreos. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
a black person who is regarded as having adopted the attitudes, values, and behavior thought to be characteristic of middle-class white society, often at the expense of his or her own heritage.
Also, oreo.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70, Americanism; from trademark name of a chocolate cookie with a white cream filling
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Word Origin and History for Oreo
n.

derogatory word for "black person felt to have a 'white' mentality," 1968, black American English, from the snack cookies, which consist of dark chocolate wafers and white sugar cream filling (hence "brown outside, white inside"). The cookies (made by Nabisco) date from 1912; the source of the name has been forgotten.

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Oreo

noun

A black person whose values, behavior, etc, are those of the white society; afro-saxon: I've been called a ''zebra'' and an ''Oreo''

[1960s+ Black; fr the trademark of a brand of sandwich cookies that have a white cream between round chocolate biscuits]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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