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Origin of peanut gallery
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First evidenced in the late 1800s, peanut gallery, as we explain in our definition above, is “the rearmost and cheapest section of seats in the balcony or the uppermost balcony of a theater.”
Apparently, the term takes its name from the people who sat there and ate peanuts. These people, who were often poor or Black, became stereotyped as rowdy—and this history gives the problematic peanut gallery classist and racist undertones.
Beginning in the 1800s, peanut gallery started to spread as a slang term for a “source of insignificant criticism” by association with the behaviors of the stereotypical occupants of the peanut gallery.
If knowing the history of peanut gallery has got you reflecting on your word choices, this slideshow, “These Common Words Have Offensive Histories,” discusses many other words whose place in your vocab you may want to reconsider.
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Example sentences from the Web for peanut gallery
Promo shots for Dee Dee King, taken by famed rock photographer Bob Gruen, are also on display at the Storefront Gallery.
Dee Dee candles, rosaries, shirts and prints are offered for sale near the gallery's door as a kind of consolation.
But my favorites, and by far the most intimate photos at the gallery, are by Jimmy Steinfeld.
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In London it is located in the Duveen Gallery where half the extant marbles sit under white light as if in a morgue.Britain Has Lost Its Marbles: Elgin Loan Will Appease Putin|Geoffrey Robertson|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Many of these have been seen in the Corcoran Art Gallery and in other public exhibitions.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
Pedro flew to obey his lady, and she proceeded along the gallery to the apartment of her guest.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
I knew then that there was not an instant to be lost, and like a flash I darted along the gallery and down the stairs.Uncanny Tales|Various
Then in the large parish churches the quartet of singers in the west gallery where the organ was placed had been abolished.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building|George Laing Miller
An oak gallery runs round two sides of the hall and descends in broad and gentle stairs down the right side of it.First Plays|A. A. Milne