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  • It seems to have the variant purentine as well.

    November 16, 2009

  • Came across this word in a 2008 interview for Artist and Influence 28 (New York: Hatch-Billops Collection, 2009), in which an African American academic quoted another African American academic as having said to him, "You look like a purenteen fool." Based on this and the handful of repellent Google results it gets, the word appears to be a synonym for "purebred." Possibly from black English, possibly U.S. South. I wonder if it's maybe a play on "octoroon" and the like.

    November 16, 2009