YOU MIGHT THINK 'WOG' is a fairly harmless term. What could be offensive about three little letters?
But call a young black man in London a 'wog' and you will probably be smashed in the face. I asked my wife Rose (from Papua New Guinea) what she understood by the word. She responded, "What, you mean some sort of worm? I have a wog in my tummy if I have diarrhoea?"
The Urban Dictionary offers us this definition: "Offensive slang (1925-30) from 'Golliwogg', a 19th century blackface doll; or alternately an acronym of '(W)orthy (O)riental (G)entleman'. British English: (racist) a black African or dark-skinned South Asian (usually Indian or Pakistani); (Anglocentric) a non-Briton or non-Englishman. "The wogs start at Calais" (British proverb).
I’ll let you into a secret. Australia’s aid agency AusAID has a Wog Policy endorsed by the Australian Government.
Yes! All youse wogs can be assured Australia has your interests at heart! Look here.
Let me offer you a quote from this remarkable document.
"The current design of EPSP should not be changed. Rather, a new externally focussed Result Area 5 designed to address WoG systemic issues be added to the Results Framework... To reflect the new program focus, the EPSP 2012 Strategic Framework be revised to include WoG activities, and receive endorsement from the CACC…. Program performance accountability for WoG engagement should be determined through donor supported modality allocations to inter-departmental committees (task force) under the leadership of departmental heads.”
You can check it for yourself. It's there in black and white (a rather telling phrase in the circumstances).
Of course they mean Whole of Government, just like ARSE means Australia's Responsibly Sensitive Employees.