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spic

or spik, spick

[spik]
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noun Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a Spanish-American person.

Origin of spic

1910–15; earlier also spig, short for spiggoty; claimed, perhaps correctly, to derive from an accented pronunciation of (No) speak the (English)
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Historical Examples

  • On the other hand, all the officers looked as spic and span as on parade.

    The Red Battle Flyer

    Capt. Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen

  • She was as spic and span as if she had only just left the builder's hands.

  • They both looked so spic and span that Terry realized how different he looked, himself.

    The Pike's Peak Rush

    Edwin L. Sabin

  • Grgoire threw the cards into the fire and replaced them with a spic and span new "deck" that he took from his saddle-bags.

    Bayou Folk

    Kate Chopin

  • Its wonders were as fresh to the children as though the entertainment had just left winter quarters, all spic and span.


British Dictionary definitions for spic

spic

spick or spik

noun
  1. US slang a derogatory word for a person from a Spanish-speaking country in South or Central America or a Spanish-speaking community in the US

Word Origin

C20: perhaps alluding to a foreigner's mispronunciation of speak
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Word Origin and History for spic

n.

derogatory for "Latino person," 1913, from cliche protestation, No spick English. Earlier spiggoty (1910 "speak-a the ..."); the term is said to have originated in Panama during the canal construction. But it also was applied from an early date to Italians, and some have suggested an alteration of spaghetti.

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