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A substitute for the word 'damned'. It can come as as little surprise that the term 'cotton-picking' originated in the southern states of the USA, where it is usually pronounced cotton-pickin'. It began life in the late s and differs Bones - Jets* - Cotton Pickin the 19th century Dixie term, 'cottonpicker', in that the latter was derogatory and racist, whereas 'cotton-picking' referred directly to the difficulty and harshness of gathering the crop.
This didn't extend to the specific expression 'keep your cotton-picking hands off of me'. This no doubt alludes to the horny, calloused and usually black hands that picked cotton.
Of course, 'cotton-picking' must have been in use as an English adjectival phrase for as long as English-speaking people have picked cotton. Manual cotton picking was tough work. The southern expression 'cutting in high cotton', which means 'have it easy', refers to the relatively easy task of cutting cotton without having to bend down. Our folk memory of grizzled cowboys in Hollywood B-features 'fixin to run that cotton-picking greenhorn outta town' etc.
In fact, it didn't, and it doesn't even seem to have been spoken in any of Hollywood's numerous early cowboy movies. It isn't until the s that the term began to be used in any other context than that of the Bones - Jets* - Cotton Pickin picking of cotton.
It's just about time some of our Northern meddlers started keeping their cotton-picking fingers out of the South's business.
Where memory doesn't play tricks is when recalling the Beer Me - Kevin Fowler - How Country Are Ya? of the sainted Bugs Bunny.
While not originating the term, Bugs can claim to have done more to fix it into the language than the rest of rabbitkind, especially in its most often used form 'Wait just a cotton-picking minute'. There's an example in Bully for Bugs The expression 'out of your cotton-picking mind' is no longer deemed an acceptable description of a black person in the USA. In April a white commentator Brian Davis said in a broadcast commentary Ye Jacobites By Name - M.É.Z.
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What's the origin of the phrase 'Cotton-picking'?
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