One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A light-skinned black person, especially a girl or young woman.
1930s; earliest use found in The Zanesville Signal. Origin uncertain; probably from the name of PeolaJohnson, a light-skinned African American woman who attempts to pass as white in Fannie Hurst's novel Imitation of Life and the 1934 film adaptation of the same name.
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.