spic

spic

[spik]
noun Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
a Spanish-American person.
Also, spik, spick.


Origin:
1910–15; earlier also spig, short for spiggoty; claimed, perhaps correctly, to derive from an accented pronunciation of (No) speak the (English)

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spic, spick or spik (spɪk)
 
n
slang (US) a derogatory word for a person from a Spanish-speaking country in South or Central America or a Spanish-speaking community in the US
 
[C20: perhaps alluding to a foreigner's mispronunciation of speak]
 
spick, spick or spik
 
n
 
[C20: perhaps alluding to a foreigner's mispronunciation of speak]
 
spik, spick or spik
 
n
 
[C20: perhaps alluding to a foreigner's mispronunciation of speak]

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spic
derogatory for "Latino person," 1913, from cliche protestation, No spick English. Earlier spiggoty (1910); the term is said to have originated in Panama during the canal construction. But it also was applied from an early date to Italians, and some have suggested an alteration of spaghetti.
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