A Brief Focus on NC Writers and Poets

Carl Sandburg in Deep Reflection

Two publications, Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains and Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont, both written by Georgann Eubanks and published by the N.C. Arts Council in conjunction with UNC Press, describe 18 tours of sites that various North Carolina authors have explored in their fiction, poetry, plays and creative nonfiction.

The Origins of Slang - Ango/Saxon/European, i.e. "white folk"

Corn Craker is another term for Corn Husker
Contrary to popular belief and opinion, the "cracker" origin is actually quite simple. Cracker is short for “Corn-Cracker” or Cornhusker. (i.e. Jimmy Crack Corn, Crackin’ Good Winn Dixie brand, etc.) It was a term given to day laborers by the more aristocratic Anglo-Caucasian gentry in the 19th century. It was not used in a pejorative sense until large cities began to emerge west of the Rockies in which working class Caucasians had to compete with other ethnicities' to get work.

Caught with your pants down i.e. "leaving a dump".

The whole "When in Rome" phrase is also literal. St. Augustine upon arrival in Milan consulted St. Ambrose for advice on how to respond to the regional Church customs. St. Ambrose replied "When I am at Rome, I fast on a Saturday; when I am at Milan, I do not. Follow the custom of the Church where you are."  

The Origins of Slang - Ethnic Groups and People of Color

Origins of Slang - Ethnic Groups

Most of these words and phrases are considered derogatory. This article is for educational purposes only. (If you are entertained by it in any way, you might want to re-examine your social skills, level of racism and/or self opinion.) I do not endorse the use of these or similar words or phrases. I only know these words because I am a comedy writer and it would be highly unusual if I didn’t know them.