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Podunk came into existence about 1800. Read more

In my area, Podunk is a slang term created by White Americans for White Americans, used in context of dismissing significance and importance. I understand Podunk is a level lower than po white trash and is spread by word of mouth--- podunk redneck hick boondocks bumfuck middle of nowhere boonies hillbilly timbuktu town small town white trash nowhere rural ...Read more...

Another story credits Poughkeepsie as being the place the term was actually started and the movie, "The French Connection" in 1971, starring Gene Hackman, for inspiring the popular phrase.

Poughkeepsie, derives from a Native American word (roughly U-puku-ipi-sing), meaning "the reed covered lodge by the little-water place," referring to a spring or stream feeding into the Hudson River, south of the present downtown area. Poughkeepsie is known as "The Queen City of the Hudson."

Then a third story credits the Podunk Indians, an area in south-central Mass inhabited by the Podunk Indians. It is now known as East Brookfield, MA.

Today, the phrase, "Podunk," have caught on with many individuals and spread throughout many states and towns all across America.

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