great golliwog

English translation: Here, a term of abuse for the dog

01:51 Jul 30, 2007
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase: great golliwog
From Lawrence's poem'My Naughty Book '
Poor homely words, I must give you back
  to the camel and the dog,
  for her to mumble and him to crack
  in secret, great golliwog!
Shirley Fan
Local time: 09:31
English translation:Here, a term of abuse for the dog
Explanation:
A golliwog is an all-black doll with big eyes and spiky hair. He originated in Victorian times quite innocently as a toy for children, but is now considered highly politically incorrect, as a racist representation of those of African race. He was once a symbol for Robertson's Marmalade, but they had to abandon him in the end under pressure. However, he can still be obtained. I saw some only yesterday in a shop in Budleigh Salterton (Devon, UK).
Here, I think "great golliwog" is used to refer to the dog meaning that he is a complete idiot (I'm not quite sure what the dog represents, but I suppose it must be one category of Lawrence's critics).
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Jack Doughty
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Local time: 02:31
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Here, a term of abuse for the dog


Explanation:
A golliwog is an all-black doll with big eyes and spiky hair. He originated in Victorian times quite innocently as a toy for children, but is now considered highly politically incorrect, as a racist representation of those of African race. He was once a symbol for Robertson's Marmalade, but they had to abandon him in the end under pressure. However, he can still be obtained. I saw some only yesterday in a shop in Budleigh Salterton (Devon, UK).
Here, I think "great golliwog" is used to refer to the dog meaning that he is a complete idiot (I'm not quite sure what the dog represents, but I suppose it must be one category of Lawrence's critics).

Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:31
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agree  Andrew Levine: Sounds very early-20th-century-British
2 hrs
  -> Thank you. The Golliwog was based on a character in a book. See http://www.ferris.edu/jimcrow/golliwog/
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