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Wetback
(US) a derogatory term for a Latino person. Originally applied specifically to Mexican migrant workers who had crossed the Rio Grande border river illegally to find work in the United States, its meaning has since broadened.
White boy
(US) a mild derogatory term used by people of color to refer to white males regardless of age.;White Nigger / Wigger / Whigger / Wigga: (US) used in 19th-century United States to refer to the Irish. Sometimes used today in reference to white people in a manner similar to white trash or redneck. Also refers to white youth that imitate urban black youth by means of clothing style, mannerisms, and slang speech. The 'w' at the start of wigger refers to the white person and the 'igger' refers to nigger, which is a racial slur for black people. Also used by radical Québécois in self-reference, as in the seminal 1968 book White Niggers of America.
Whitey
a term for a Caucasian, commonly used in a derogatory manner.
Wog
(UK and Commonwealth) a generic term for any swarthy or dark-skinned foreigner. Possibly derived from "golliwogg" In Britain, it usually refers to dark skinned people from Asia or Africa, though some xenophobic people use the term to refer to anyone outside the borders of their own country. Wog is also a backronym for Worthy Oriental Gentleman. In Australia the term "wog" is usually used to refer to Mediterranean Europeans (Spaniards, Italians, and Greeks) although it can be used for some Eastern Europeans, particularly those of the Balkans (Bosnians, Macedonians, Serbians, Croatians, or Albanians).
Wop
(North America and UK) a racial term for anyone of Italian descent, derived from the Italian dialectism, "guappo," close to "dude, swaggerer" and other informal appellations, a greeting among male Neapolitans. Although this is the term's original origin, "wop" evolved into a racial slur against Italians and Italian Americans during the 20th century, with its most common use being a derogatory backronym for 'WithOut Papers'.


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