LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||16/JUN/2010 10:30 AM|
|Assunto:||Cracker jacker award|
I've never heard "cracker jacker".
"Cracker Jacks" is the name of a snack of peanuts and carmel coated popcorn. When I was a kid, they were sold in a small box. I believe the logo on the box showed a sailor in the wind. Inside the box was a "toy". It could be a tiny plastic car, a small magnifying glass, a ring, etc. Whatever it was, it was very cheaply made and of very little value. A "cracker jack award" would be something of little value. I think Cracker Jacks are still sold, but now they come in a bag. I believe I could buy something similar at movie theaters in Brazil, but they had less carmel on them.
"Cracker Jack" is the name of a video game character. I believe the game is fighting related.
"Cracker jack" is older slang for "expert, superb, highly skilled. etc." It is used to describe someone very proficient in their job, hobby, etc. I don't recall hearing it used to describe things, only people. It's probably from "crack", meaning the same thing.
"Cracker" is derrogatory for "white person". It's used much like "redneck" but it is not as common.
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