from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a person of color, especially a person from northern Africa or western or southern Asia.
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- n. Any dark-skinned person. Most commonly used to refer to people of Indian, North African, Mediterranean, or Middle Eastern ancestry.
- n. A person of Southern European, Mediterranean (especially Italian, Lebanese, and Greek people), or Middle Eastern ancestry or in some cases, Eastern European ancestry (compare wop).
- n. Abbreviation of polliwog
- n. Short for pollywog, or a sailor who has never crossed the Equator. Often referred to as either filthy, slimy, or even dirty wogs
- n. A minor illness, a bug, an insect or parasite.
- n. an acronym for "Without Goals", i.e. a person who is not a Scientologist.
- n. WOG = water-oil-gas, typically marked on valves indicating acceptable for use with these fluids.
- v. To steal.
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- n. (offensive British slang) term used by the British to refer to people of color from Africa or Asia
For the term wog, I recommend John Masters 'Bhowani Junction (see below).
And I stick by the term wog from the bog - I had no intention of offending anybody, I just think its funny.
In any case, the origin of the word wog is unknown.
My dad's an unbelievably positive person, but I do know that he was called a wog, and probably had a hard time at work, and could speak very little "Inguish".
The word 'wog' is a uniquely English one, although today it is an apt description of my status as an American if not a good description of how I feel.
He -- actually I think humorously-- treated the great Indian ornithologist Salim Ali like a "wog" Ali, a sane man who considered M. a friend, found it funnier than not in his autobiography.
It was an article that basically maintained that my dear friend Joseph Massad is a "wog" who has gone too far, and that he has to behave himself, and act like a submissive Arab living in the West.
When my grandfather got called a wog it wasn’t meant as a joke.
I didn't know what 'wog' meant, I just knew that it would upset him and so I said it.
Far from the "wog" brand losing value, Giannopoulos found, through the wonders of "the Facebook" (his term), that the cultural connection to his name is all the stronger.