‘Tacky’: A study in upward mobility?

“The tasteless meaning of ‘tacky’ originated in the American South, where the word originally referred to a scrawny or broken-down horse…. “Within a few decades, ‘tacky’ had extended to humans, serving as a self-deprecating label for poor white Southerners who were identified with their equine counterparts. As a North Carolinian wrote in an 1836 letter … Continue reading “‘Tacky’: A study in upward mobility?”

‘North Caclalacka/Cackalacky/Click/Clicky…’

“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 … Continue reading “‘North Caclalacka/Cackalacky/Click/Clicky…’”