Cracker, n, (Krah-ker).
1. A type of flat wafer-like food item made from wheat, or grain.
2. A native Floridian, one who was born in Florida
, also called a “Florida Cracker
3. A person of Caucasian
4. A person who boasts
5. One who “cracks
programs, see hacker
6. A device made to open a canister of N20
Crackers are most commonly a food item made from wheat or grain, often salted. Crackers are used as a base or vessel for spreads or dips. RJR-Nabisco produces several brand names of crackers such as Ritz
, Wheat Thins
, Cheese Nips
, and Premium
. Other brands include North Carolina based Lance
corporation, and Keebler
, which makes Club
, Munch ‘ems
, and Town House
. The “Body of Christ” communion wafers are made from unleavened bread.
A highly misinterpreted word, but which has come to mean Caucasian
. However, the word originated from the American civil war
of the 1860s. During this time, Florida, which was a neutral state, provided supplies to many southern states. These supplies were delivered via horse drawn carriage. The drivers used a whip for driving these horses, and thus the slaves called them “Crackers” as they cracked their whips. When the slaves heard the cracking of the whip, they would say “Crackers’ a comin,” and thus the Floridians were given this nickname.
However, over time, the Floridians kept the name in their vocabulary, not as a racial term, but as a badge of honor. (Author is a genuine Cracker from Ft. Lauderdale) The now free slaves began to refer to southerners as “crackers.” Eventually, the term was used as a general term for a white person. It’s the equivalent of nigger
, used for blacks
respectively. Among other common racial epithets
for whites are honky
, which comes from the term honky-tonk
, a western style saloon
, or a type of upright piano
used for ragtime
Other usages include the Criminal Hacker, A.K.A. “Cracker,” a person who pirates software or commits illegal acts via a computer’s Internet connection. Hackers fall under White Collar Crime
is a common crime associated with hacking, as is the illegal acquisition of Confidential Information
Cracker can also mean the device used to open a canister of Nitrous Oxide (N20), also called Laughing Gas
, which is an inhalant and anesthetic most commonly used in dental work and oral surgery. N20 is a gas; it’s occasionally used in cars as a very high performance fuel. N20 is also found in airbags
as the propellant gas that expands them. N20 is comprised of 2 Nitrogen and 1 Oxygen molecule.