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What's A W*O*P

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Re: What's A W*O*P

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    Isn't it a derogative term for an Italian person? 
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    I just answered you in the other post haha

    it means "without papers" its a deragatory term used commonly(here at least) for italians because there was a large influx of italian immigrants earlier in the century (1900's ish?)
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    It's an old school ethnic slur against Italians that stands for "without papers."

    Back in the 1930s when my dad was growing up (he's old) he would get beaten up at school for being Italian and they would call him "w*o*p" and "diego".
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    edited February 2010

    It was commonly used for Italians in Boston but it really applied to all illegal immigrants who made their way over. If you got caught "with out papers" you were deported. It's the whole, you came here and stole our jobs shtick.

    and end history lesson, again.

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    Well holy shiit, I had no idea.

    I would have never known that. Thank you knot censoring system.
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    It sounds like a noise that Dr. Zoidberg says on futurama.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KV-qS82lXtk
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    WHATEVER SOOKY. I WILL NOT MAKE A POT ROAST. I wouldn't even know how to.

    I'll own my ignorance. I had never heard that term before. I know it might be surprising, but the Italian population up this way is pretty low.
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    Wow, I just looked it up on wikipedia, and we were wrong. the "without papers" is called a backward acronym.  But I can't link to the entry b/c of the knot's censoring sysem.
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    haha It's ok! my dad used to call me his mini guinea... or his little w o p on occasion. but for us we're a bunch of crazy italians who came in during that period so I think we have some pride in it.

    How is that deragatory terms like the N word, or Guinea, or W O P, or Mick(mack) are ok for the same to call one another, but once someone else joins in it's not kosher? Like why was it ok for my dad to call me that and I didnt take offense because there was an affection behind it.

    probably because I was 4 at the time, but still you know what i'm saying.
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    I didn't know what it was until my husband started calling me that when he found out I was Italian.  Actually, he likes calling me a w.o.p. dago - even better.  Thanks, honey!

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    are you saying nana lied!????

    oh man, me and her are going to have a long talk tonight.
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    That is a good question, Gina. A veddy guut qvestion.
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    I knew that.  But, I have an italian last name.  "Greasy _W_O_P_!"

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    I knew it was a derogatory term for Italians, but I had no idea it meant "without papers." I'm really sad to say this, but there's a European (I say European because they serve German and Italian food) restaurant that has a salad called "w o p salad." I can't believe they've gotten away with it for this long.
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    Well, color me enlightened.
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    derived from the word gauppo?? i do not see how gauppo became w o p...

    also isnt that really similar to the spanish word for handsome? and it's not an insult in spanish?

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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_whats-wop?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:9Discussion:42afe783-d4b9-499b-9ff9-9f75475d5d71Post:b2b80c2d-12a7-4458-ba1d-3e79620e8eeb">Re: What's A W*O*P</a>:
    [QUOTE]How is that deragatory terms like the N word, or Guinea, or W O P, or Mick(mack) are ok for the same to call one another, but once someone else joins in it's not kosher? Posted by lilgina64[/QUOTE]

    Idk, there are some things that I think shouldn't be said even within a particular group to one another. 
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    edited February 2010
    W.O.P. can mean without papers, but it is also short for guappo. 

    Edit: Gina, it's the way it sounds - gWOPo. 
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    I just learned my new thing for the day.
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    and then there are derogatory names that are used as sport franchise names ...
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    Katie, that's HUGE up here right now as we have The Fighting Sioux.
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    In the past, it also could refer to one following the guapparia, meaning bravery,[1] i.e., the ancient honour code of Camorra, a criminal organisation based in Naples and the region of Campania, which bears similarities to the better-known Sicilian Mafia.

    In Italy, the term "guappo" is still used, often sarcastically, to describe those young Italian men who really try hard to act brave, play cool, court every pretty girl, and those that are arrogant to the point of inciting a fight.

     

    now we just call them guidos.  **I'm Italian and take no offense with any of the terms.  My family came over legally and we have bigger things to worry about.

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