The origin of the phrase “Mack Daddy”

So much can be learned from the history of things considered immoral.

In his classic history of San Franciscan vice, The Barbary Coast (page 34), author Herbert A. Ashbury recalls for us the French “pimps” who accompanied French prostitutes (of course) to the city in the 19th century. Called macquereaux by themselves and others who could pronounce French words, most San Franciscans “on the street” just called them “macks.”

By the early 20th century, the term evolved to become the “common name” for all pimps in the city.




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