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Origin of thug
usage note for thug
In American English, the word is disproportionately applied to nonwhite perpetrators of violence or crime. White teens disturbing the peace at a party with loud music are more likely to be called troublemakers or hooligans. Their Black peers are more likely to be labeled thugs for the same offense. And following this common racialized usage, thug is used by some and interpreted by many as a code word for Black. In extreme cases, thug is chosen as a dog whistle to imply that Black people are generally prone to violence or criminality.
However, there is also a reclaimed sense of thug within the Black community, and particularly in the hip-hop community, one that acknowledges the violence implicit in the label while also celebrating toughness and street smarts.
Because thug has many implied connotations that may change depending on who is using the word and who is being described by it, it’s important to critically consider the context and tone around each particular instance of its use to truly understand what is being communicated.
OTHER WORDS FROM thugthug·ger·y [thuhg-uh-ree], /ˈθʌg ə ri/, nounthug·gish, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for thug
Survivors of the incident report that the police and thugs attacked the students three times.
Thugs attack pro-democracy demonstrators paralyzing parts of Hong Kong.
I want everything I ever believed to mean something and all the psychopaths, monsters and thugs of the world to know this.Thank Goodness We’ve Got A Plan! Let the War Begin!|Michael Carson|September 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the thugs are numerous enough to be part of the warp and woof of the community.
The thugs, remember, are numerous; they are one of the local norms, sad to say.
What did his faith mean to the thugs of the General Fuel Company?King Coal|Upton Sinclair
Another device in case of difficulty was for one of the Thugs to feign sickness.
Stand clear and order off your thugs or I'll squeeze you till your guts squirt out your nose like toothpaste from a tube.Master of the Moondog|Stanley Mullen
Major L. was at luncheon: he is the man who has taken most of the Thugs, and he told me such horrid stories of them.Up the Country|Emily Eden
All three of the thugs would be at the southpaw again in another jiffy.Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager|Burt L. Standish