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Wop

Wop is a pejorative slur for Italians or people of Italian descent.

Etymology
The Merriam-Webster dictionary states wop's first known use was in the United States in 1908, and that it originates from the Southern Italian dialectal term guappo, roughly meaning thug, pimp, or swaggerer, derived from the Spanish term guapo, meaning handsome, via dialectal French, meaning ruffian or pimp. It also has roots in the Latin vappa, meaning wine gone flat.

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