Italian-Americans, particularly of Sicilian origin, as a slur for African-Americans.
Popularized in American culture by television drama series ”The Sopranos”.
Anthony Bevilaqua: He’s my homey.
Richie Aprile: Your what?
Anthony Bevilaqua: He lives up near me.
Richie Aprile: Well, why didn’t you say that? If you want to speak like a fucking mulignan, we’ll send you to slip and fall school.
Noah Tannenbaum: Oh, my dad is Jewish and my mother’s family is African American.
Tony Soprano: Tanenbaum. Right. But on your application to Columbia, you didn’t check Jewish did you?
Noah Tannenbaum: No. They can’t ask about religious affiliation.
Tony Soprano: Oh, right…right…o’ course. What’d you check?
Noah Tannenbaum: African American.
Tony Soprano: So we do understand each other; you’re a ditsoon.
Noah Tannenbaum: Excuse me?
Tony Soprano: Charcoal Briquette…a mulignan.
Noah Tannenbaum: What’s your problem?
Tony Soprano: I think you know what my problem is. You see your little friend up there. She didn’t do you any favors bringing you into this house. Now I dunno what the fuck she was thinkin’, we’ll get to that later. See I got business associates who are black and they don’t want my son with their daughters and I don’t want their sons with mine.
Noah Tannenbaum: Fuck you!
Tony Soprano: See, that’s the kind o’ thing I’m hopin’ to avoid. So when my little girl comes down the stairs, you’re gonna say how nice it was to meet me, then you’re gonna go drop her off at school and you’re gonna say Goodbye.
“Melanzana” is the standard italian word for “eggplant” but every region and even every town in the same region has its own dialect form(s).
I wanted to go further and made a little research and here is what I found.
“Melanzana” comes from the low-latin “melangolus” or”merongolus” from the arab “bÃÂ¢dindgiÃÂ¢n”. It is possible to find the same name in old french “mÃÂ©langÃÂ¨ne” even if the current french word for “eggplant” is “aubergine”.
As you can see from these examples, all the words are similar. We can assume that the AE word “mulignan”
was imported to the US by italian immigrants coming from a southern region but nothing tells us if it was Sicily or Napoli.
I hope this helped.
“melangiÃÂ ne” Puglia
“mulingiana”, “milinciana” Sicilia
Some Guy With Sense: What the hell are you talking about? Stop saying “mooley”, you asshole. You’re not even Italian, you’re white. And even if you were Italian, it be even more ignorant to be rascist towards blacks, considering Italians aren’t white and are closely related to blacks. Italians and blacks should be brothers.