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Help with black slang- are these black slang nicknames offensive?

 
 
Reply Sat 10 Dec, 2011 05:18 pm
I am working on a multicultural comic book about streetfighting cats and dogs that fight crime and I am researching slang terms to use as nicknames for the cats and dogs in my comic.

I wanted to know if these nicknames for black characters are offensive?:

Cooly
Cuffy?

Urbandictionary gives the definition of Cooly as:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=cooly

cooly 9 up, 33 down
A cooly is a freind, associate, or simply another cool individual.

and Cuffy as:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=cuffy

cuffy 17 up, 8 down
The illest nigga alive
wow i dont understand why that cuffy kid is so abap

I know the word coolie had something to do with blacks in the '70s and is a racial term used for West Indians and Cuffy is a term used for a leader of a slave revolt down there but are people going to think that when they see these terms and get offended?

I was also thinking of Cooley High:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/f/fc/51TPQNJKCDL_SS500_.jpg/220px-51TPQNJKCDL_SS500_.jpg

I think Cooley was a racial term for blacks in the '70s.

I am curious- some people were making a big fuss over the word "puffy".

I have some other black slang terms I want to use as nicknames- When I can think of them and come up with them I will post them later.

Please help - thank you.
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Sat 10 Dec, 2011 05:20 pm
@JGoldman10,
as I told you on the thread you erased, coolie is a racial slur.

maroon...
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Sat 10 Dec, 2011 05:23 pm
@Rockhead,
Yeah - a racial slur for migrant Chinese workers.

I have Asian characters but my character isn't Chinese so what is the problem?
Rockhead
 
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Reply Sat 10 Dec, 2011 05:24 pm
@JGoldman10,
are you gonna call one of your white cats nigger?
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Sat 10 Dec, 2011 05:28 pm
@Rockhead,
No- I am going to name my black cats Puffy, Cuffy, Mack, Trump, Cooly, and some other black slang names.

Cooly meaning a cool person.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Sat 10 Dec, 2011 05:29 pm
Would other blacks be offended if I had a character named Coon, or a name with the word "Coon" in it, or something along those lines? "Ace Boon Coon" is a term that blacks used for close friends.

There is a breed of cat called the Maine Coon.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Sat 10 Dec, 2011 05:55 pm
@JGoldman10,
JGoldman10 wrote:

No- I am going to name my black cats Puffy, Cuffy, Mack, Trump, Cooly, and some other black slang names.

Cooly meaning a cool person.


Slick and Brick are black names. I might use Jett.
gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Sat 10 Dec, 2011 05:58 pm
I have an alert on this site for the phrase "migrant Chinese workers". Not sure why, but the horn sounded and the lights flashed and I was propelled to this thread. I looked back and found no reference to "migrant Chinese workers". Do I need to upgrade my alert system or did I miss the phrase?
Rockhead
 
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Reply Sat 10 Dec, 2011 06:01 pm
@gustavratzenhofer,
jason deleted the thread that had that posted on it.

what did your dog look like, gustav?
gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Sat 10 Dec, 2011 06:02 pm
@Rockhead,
He looked like something you would see if the gates of Hell were opened -- dark, sinister, and foreboding.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Sat 10 Dec, 2011 06:04 pm
@Rockhead,
STOP CALLING ME "JASON" - it is JGOLDMAN10.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Sat 10 Dec, 2011 06:05 pm
@gustavratzenhofer,
You are off-topic.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Sat 10 Dec, 2011 06:05 pm
@Rockhead,
Off-topic.
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Sat 10 Dec, 2011 06:06 pm
@gustavratzenhofer,
a lap dog, then...

cool.
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Sat 10 Dec, 2011 06:06 pm
Why is Jason on this thread?
Rockhead
 
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Reply Sat 10 Dec, 2011 06:08 pm
@gustavratzenhofer,
he's spreading the word of god using coolies.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Sat 10 Dec, 2011 06:08 pm
@gustavratzenhofer,
I am an African-American and it is my thread. I am asking others for help with black slang- I want to know if other blacks would be offended by them.
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Sat 10 Dec, 2011 06:09 pm
@Rockhead,
Coolies are a very important part of our culture but God has little to do with them.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Sat 10 Dec, 2011 06:10 pm
@gustavratzenhofer,
agreed.

god has very little to do with jason either, I'm afraid...
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Sat 10 Dec, 2011 06:11 pm
@gustavratzenhofer,
By the way, I think J Goldman is a Jewish fellow, judging from the name, and his hatred of the negroes and what they did to him last weekend is rather off-topic.
 

 
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