What does PWT stand for?

Poor white trash

When someone refers to you as PWT, they’re basically tagging you as “poor white trash.” This phrase is often used by people to classify others who they deem to be: a) lacking financial stability, b) of white ethnicity, and c) morally or socially unacceptable.

The phrase “white trash” has been around for a long time, with one of its earliest noted uses dating back to 1833. Back then in Maryland, a wealthy slave owner’s daughter unjustly claimed that there was no animosity between slaves and slave owners, but only between slaves and “white trash.” This inaccurate statement was a clear attempt to pit slaves and “white trash” against each other, while positioning the affluent whites as superior.

Over the years, “white trash” has been used as a derogatory label by affluent white people and individuals of other races to differentiate themselves from white people who are less privileged and exhibit unsavoury behaviour.

Despite the temptation to use the term PWT to describe a financially unstable, uncultured white individual (possibly the one disturbing your sleep with fireworks at 3 am on a workday), it’s crucial to refrain from using this disrespectful acronym.

Example for using ‘PWT’ in a conversation

Hey, did you see that new guy who moved in next door?

Yeah, I did. He’s always blasting loud music and leaving trash everywhere.

Ugh, he’s such a PWT.

Totally, it’s so annoying!