One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A generic name for: a black person, especially one considered as credulous or insignificant.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Edward Long (1734–1813), planter and commentator on Jamaican affairs. From Akan Kwasi, a name commonly given to a child born on Sunday, and taken as a typical name of (and hence generic name for) a black person.
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