“North Cack n. (Southern sl.) new school
“1. North Carolina. (var. North Caclalacka/Cackalacky/Click/Clicky, N. Cee)
“ex: ‘I’m about to make this run to North Cack.’ ”
— From “Street Talk: Da Official Guide to Hip-Hop & Urban Slanguage” by Randy Kearse (2006)
According to a feature in Saturday’s New York Times, “Mr. Kearse, 45, went from hustling crack cocaine as head of a multistate crew [based in North Carolina], to federal prison, to author and… subway sales impresario.”
In 2005 the Miscellany came up empty in pursuit of the etymology of “Cackalacky” — might it be rooted in urban (i.e., black) slang?