Cracker - Hunger is the best sauce

Perhaps the members of the California alt country band Cracker tried to change a term of abuse into a badge of honor.

Why band name Cracker - Confederate soldiersCracker (also called white cracker) is the offensive word used by somewhat better-off white Americans to describe their impoverished compatriots in the south of the States - in particular the residents of Georgia and Florida.

The origin of the word cracker is not 100% clear, but there are theories referring to food and slavery.

According to the authoritative Encyclopaedia Britannica the term cracker goes back to the time of the American civil war, a period in which many southerners - forced by poverty – put themselves on a diet of cornmeal and grits. The food in question - animal food rather - was made by crushing (cracking) grain.

It is also possible that the word cracker is a kind of sound imitation: in that case it would be the sound of the whips the southerners were cracking to keep their black slaves under control.

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