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Still a mystery as to the origin of the word. It almost certainly isn't Gullah of West African. It almost certainly isn't from "foe" in Pig Latin as that form of "Pig Latin" didn't really start until 1920 and "ofay" was around from at least the 1890s. It usually wasn't used in a derogatory way about whites, but rather just as a matter of fact expression. Quite often used in early Black newspapers in columns written about theatrical performers and that the "ofay" owned the theater in which the Black performers, er uh, performed.
It is really the most beautiful city of its kind in the South. It has all modern conveniences, electrical effects, etc, is situated near the harbor and the audiences are all ofays, principally foreigners.
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A word of unspecified West African origin that refers to "white" people. It's commonly used in the American South but has fallen out of favor as "White Devil" has assumed prominence.
This ofay at my job is jealous of my ability to get the job done faster and better than him. But he can't help his ofay ways.
by IncogNegro (FC) February 20, 2003
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Term for White person used by Blacks, especially in the Low Country or Chicago in the early and mid 20th cent. It began as derivation of "fade" which would sometimes be varied as "fay" or "ofay". Eventually the variation replaced the original.
That ofay thinks he knows jazz.
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You big-haired trashy macaroni-and-cheese-eatin' ofay bitch!
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Also spelled O'Fe. Old world slang term for caucasian people. A Pig Latin derivation of 'Foe' (O'Fe)used by African slaves in their 'Patois'.
It was a typical O' Fay crowd at the Kanye show.

You better tell O' Fay One Kenobi to take his puny, slack jean wearin, YT ass back to Honkytown, dig?
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Hostile term for white people. According to Edward Ball in The Sweet Hell Inside (a history of a mixed-race Charleston SC family), pig Latin for "foe." Dates to at least early 19th century.
"Who invited the ofay?" -- Autobiography of Malcolm X
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