A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from February 04, 2016
Tennessee: Mudhead (nickname)

Entry in progress—B.P.

(Oxford English Dictionary)
mudhead, n.
U.S. colloq. (derogatory). A native of Tennessee. Now rare.
1838 T. C. Haliburton Clockmaker 2nd Ser. xix. 289 There’s the hoosiers of Indiana,..the mudheads of Tenessee [etc.].
1847 J. K. Paulding & W. I. Paulding Madmen All ii. ii, in Amer. Comedies 192 Waal, we’ve got some o’ most all kinds: Pukes, Wolverines, Snags, Hoosiers, Griddle-greasers, Buck-eyes, Corncrackers, Pot-soppers, Hard-heads, Hawk-eyes, Rackensacks, Linsey-woolseys, Red-horses, Mud-heads, Green-horns [etc.].
1949 Amer. Speech 24 27 Buckshine, Mudhead, or Whelp for a Tennessean.

Google Books
The Clockmaker; or The Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick, of Slickville
By Thomas Chandler Haliburton
London: Richard Bentley
1838
Pg. 289:
These last have all nicknames. There’s the hoosiers of Indiana, the suckers of Illinoy, the pukes of Missuri, the buckeys of Ohio, the red horses of Kentucky, the mud-heads of Tenessee, the wolverines of Michigan, the eels of New England, and the corn-crackers of Virginia.

Google Books
Life in the New World,
Or, Sketches of American Society

By Charles Seatsfield
New York, NY: J. WInchester
1844
Pg. 55:
They would begin the struggle rather to-day than to-morrow; the Hooskiers from Indiana, the Suckers from Illinois, the Pukes from Missouri, the Red-horses from Kentucky, the Buckeyes from Ohio, the Wolverines from Michigan, the Eels from New England, the Mudheads from Gennessee, the Corncrackers from Virginia, they are all ready.

Google Books
U. S.
An Index to the United States of America

Compiled by Malcolm Townsend
Boston, MA: D. Lothrop Company
1890
Pg. 81:
NICKNAMES APPLIED TO THE PEOPLE OF THE STATES.
(...)
Tennessee...Mud-head..."A nickname applied to natives of Tennessee.”—Bartlett. (No reason given.)

Posted by Barry Popik
Other ExpressionsOther States • Thursday, February 04, 2016 • Permalink