posted on Jun, 16 2012 @ 02:04 PM
Anyways, I just looked up the word Heckle, and it appears we are misusing it in modern lexicon.
heckle (v.) early 14c., "to comb (flax or hemp) with a heckle;" from heckle (n.) or from related M.Du. hekelen. Figurative meaning "to question
severely in a bid to uncover weakness" is from late 18c. "Long applied in Scotland to the public questioning of parliamentary candidates" [OED].
Related: Heckled; heckling.
heckle (n.) "flax comb," c.1300, hechel, perhaps from an unrecorded O.E. *hecel or a cognate Germanic word (cf. M.H.G. hechel, M.Du. hekel),
from P.Gmc. *hakila-, from PIE *keg- "hook, tooth" (see hook).
So it originated with the idea of combing, as in "straightening out".
Essentially "heckling" would be the act of "Public questioning of officials" and usually I assume it would be yelling since at large public
gatherings it can be hard to hear.
The way we are using the word heckle, is almost as if it's a negative thing. Like it's trolling, or screaming obscenities disrupting a gathering.
Was Obama heckled? I guess per the primary definition historically yes, he was.
Did it have to do with race? Nah, it's probably because he's President of the USA....
Do people of any race get heckled on the street by reporters? No...because they aren't public officials.
Who chose to misuse this terminology in the first place?