niggerball

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

nigger +‎ ball

Noun[edit]

niggerball ‎(countable and uncountable, plural niggerballs)

  1. (South Africa, dated, countable) A large black sweet which changes colour (turns white) when sucked.
  2. (uncountable, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) The sport of basketball.
    • 2002, "Lieberal Death", Your TV viewing for This Evening (on newsgroup rec.sport.pro-wrestling)
      It's easy to see how Amerika's so easily turning into a police state, give the unwashed masses their television and some niggerball and they'll ignore the fact that they're slaves.
    • 2004, H. A. Covington, A Distant Thunder
      [] two-hundred dollar tennis shoes named after some niggerball player []

Usage notes[edit]

  • Because of the term's offensive connotations, the sweets were renamed in the 1980s to blackballs.

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