Users on TikTok have started using the term Picnic although there has been growing confusion over racist undertones in connection to the term.
Post a nice picture with your family is fine but caption it with the word ‘Picnic’ and it will raise eyebrows. It might even bring in some hate from your followers. Why though? Hashtag Hyena will tell you what some users on social media think the word means and what it actually means.
Why is saying ‘Picnic’ considered racist on TikTok?
The theory going around on TikTok is that the word is short for “Pick a (the n-word)”. TikTokers say that people used to gather and choose a Black person to lynch together.
This was actually turned into an event for families which included outdoor meals and that’s where the term supposedly originates from.
But is that actually true?
People have also claimed that the word “master bedrooms” is related to slavery. It refers to the fact that the people who owned the enslaved people were masters and their bedroom was called the “master bedroom”.
What does Picnic stand for?
The truth is that the word “master” has been around for longer than slavery has and the idea that picnic has anything to do with Africans is laughable.
If you look for the origin of the word, it was derived in the mid-18th century from the French word – “pique-nique”. The meaning of picnic has not changed since then.
Picnic means a social gathering where each attendee brings a share of the food. It is clear that there is no racist origin so if someone gets offended when you use this word, just explain the origin.
Or just use another word like “outing” or “gathering” to be polite.
False etymology examples
Brittany Wallman tweeted this back in 2019 and was corrected in the comments immediately.