Dixon-Smith said the phrase had "slipped out without my thinking", and that "It was common parlance when I was younger".
In July 2017, the phrase was again used by British Conservative Party politician Anne Marie Morris who said that Brexit without a deal with the European Union was the "real nigger in the woodpile".
With her job on the line she later apologised, saying, "The comment was totally unintentional.
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To start (or stop) receiving the Go Weekly Preview of English Idioms at any time please enter your name in the form above or send an email to Subscribe Go English.com).dough." In the book Your Health: A Corrective System of Exercising that Revolutionizes the Entire Field of Physical Education, by Joseph H. The chapter was later retitled "A Cuckoo in the Nest". Fields used variations of this phrase in two of his films: In You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939) he said there was "an Ubangi in the fuel supply", and in My Little Chickadee (1940) he said there was "an Ethiopian in the fuel supply".Pilates in 1934, page 18 writes, "This is the 'Nigger in the wood pile'." Agatha Christie used the phrase as the title of chapter 18 of the 1937 Hercule Poirot novel Dumb Witness, which was later published in the U. The phrase was also used by a character in early editions of Christie's novel And Then There Were None (originally released under the title Ten Little Niggers), but was changed in later editions to There's a fly in the ointment. In the song, "This Could Be True", Pat Kirkwood and Graham Payn sing the phrase in Noel Coward's 1950 musical Ace of Clubs.Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln, who had worked as a laborer splitting wooden rails as a young man, is sitting on top of the pile.Commonly used in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, usage has declined since then, and use of the phrase by public figures has often been followed by criticism over the racism of the term "nigger".