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You was 'fested with letheh straps an' uppity talk when I knowed you fust.

But one night a bunch o' uppity Niggers went to a 'tainment in Memorial Hall.

Den, how come you talk so uppity, like a man wid de law on he side and ain't a-scared o' nobody?

We ought to beat hershell get too uppity to live with, declared Bobby, discussing these games.

She was making her do that because she thought she was uppity and she wanted to punish her.

WORD ORIGIN

1880, from up + -ity; originally used by blacks of other blacks felt to be too self-assertive (first recorded use is in "Uncle Remus"). The parallel British variant uppish (1670s) originally meant "lavish;" the sense of "conceited, arrogant" being first recorded 1734.

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