Racist Words you Use Every Day – Picnic


How it’s Used:

“Wow, look at that! The sun’s shining, the bluebirds are singing … why, I think it’s a lovely day for a picnic!”

What You’re Actually Saying:

“Wow, look at that! The sun’s shining, the bluebirds are singing … why, I think it’s a lovely day to lynch a black person!”

Actually, no, this is what you’re really saying:

“Wow, look at that! The sun’s shining, the bluebirds are singing … why, I think it’s a lovely day for a picnic!”

Wait, What?

Confused? We’re including this one just to save everybody the trouble down in the comments. If you bring up the topic of racist words, it’s usually only minutes before some helpful expert will chime in with:

“Did you know ‘picnic’ dates back to lynching parties? It’s true, ‘picnic’ is short for ‘pick a n*gger.’ As in, pick one to lynch. So when you eat sandwiches in the park, the blood of African Americans stains your very checkered tablecloth. Enjoy your sandwich, bigot.”

This one, however, is baloney. According to Snopes.com, the word “picnic” actually derives from the totally innocuous French word “piquenique.” The other, horrible meaning of the word is found nowhere outside of that one idiotic email forward.

So it was never a euphemism for anything. Or even a real phrase. And if you believed that email, then we have some penis enlarging pills to sell you.

Before you go complaining that we promised eight, keep in mind that we gave you Goth, a term that is probably more insulting to the Goth tribe now than ever before.

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