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Encyclopedia > Black sheep

Black Sheep may refer to many different things:


English language

Black sheep is a derogatory colloquial term in the English language meaning an outsider or one who is different in a way which others disapprove of. This can be someone who has been shunned by others, or one who has chosen to be an outsider, due to actions and aims that separate them from the rest of the people or "flock". A typical example might be a family member who has chosen to follow a religion other than that of the rest of his family. A word or phrase is pejorative or derogatory (sometimes misspelled perjorative) if it expresses contempt or disapproval; dyslogistic (noun: dyslogism) is used synonymously (antonyms: meliorative, eulogistic, noun eulogism). ... A colloquialism is an informal expression, that is, an expression not used in formal speech or writing. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The shunning of an individual is the act of deliberately avoiding association with him or her. ...

The term originated from the fact that the occasional black sheep will be born into a herd of white sheep. Black sheep were considered undesirable because their wool cannot be dyed. White is the preferred colour for wool as it is most easily dyed and thus easier to market. Binomial name Ovis aries Linnaeus, 1758 A sheep is any of several woolly ruminant quadrupeds, but most commonly the Domestic Sheep (Ovis aries), which probably descends from the wild moufflon of south-central and south-west Asia. ...

The phrase "Pink Sheep" has much the same meaning, specifying a homosexual, normally male, and is normally used by either himself or someone within his family; it is not considered as insulting a term as Black Sheep.

See also: Ugly duckling, Baa Baa Black Sheep The Ugly Duckling (Danish: Den grimme ælling) is a classic-contemporary story by Hans Christian Andersen about a duckling, notably larger, clumsier and uglier than the other ducklings in his brood. ... Baa Baa Black Sheep is a nursery rhyme, set to a variant of the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star tune. ...


  • Black Sheep are a rap group associated with the Native Tongues Posse, most known for the hit "The Choice is Yours", and revered in the hip-hop community for their unique and intelligent rhythms and songs.
  • Black Sheep was a 1970s rock music band, the first band of vocalist Lou Gramm. Gramm was performing as a drummer with the band, which had released the album Encouraging Words in 1975, when he was invited to join the band Foreigner.

Rap may refer to one of the following: Rap or rap music is commonly used as a synonym for the musical genre of hip hop music Rapping is a form of rhythmically delivered rhyming lyrics; it is one of the elements of hip hop culture, as well as the distinguishing... The Native Tongues Posse is a group of late 1980s and early 1990s black nationalist hip hop artists known for their positive Afrocentric lyrics and jazzy beats. ... This article provides extensive lists of events and significant personalities of the 1970s. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Ready or Not album cover Lou Gramm (born May 2, 1950 in Rochester, New York) is an American rock music vocalist and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist for the rock band Foreigner, but who also had a successful solo career. ... 1975 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... Original 1981 UK 45 rpm single peelable-stickers picture cover: Foreigner - Urgent Foreigner is a rock and roll band formed in New York in 1976 by Mick Jones, Ian McDonald, Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood, Ed Gagliardi and Lou Gramm. ... Silence is an album by the Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica. ... Power metal is a style of heavy metal music. ... The band Sonata Arctica (counterclockwise): Tony Kakko, Jani Liimatainen, Marko Paasikoski, Tommy Portimo and Henrik Klingenberg Sonata Arctica is a Finnish power metal band from the town of Kemi, originally assembled in 1996. ...


Black Sheep is a film comedy (1996) starring David Spade, Chris Farley, and Tim Matheson. The film, directed by Penelope Spheens, has been compared unfavorably to a previous film, Tommy Boy. Black Sheep is the last film featuring the comedy duo Chris Farley and David Spade. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... David Spade David Spade (born July 22, 1964) is an American actor, comedian and producer. ... Chris Farley in a scene from Blacksheep Christopher Crosby Farley (February 15, 1964 – December 18, 1997) was an American actor and comedian, best known as one of the cast members of the popular Saturday Night Live television series. ... Tim Matheson, an American actor, was born Tim Matthieson on December 31, 1947, in Glendale, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. ... Cover to the VHS of Tommy Boy. ...

The film portrays a political contest in which the candidate deals with unwanted and incompetent help from his brother.

The fact that the name of the film is the same as that of a rap group confuses many fans of the comedy duo.


The Black Sheep were a Marine Corps aviation unit, VMF-214, that served in the South Pacific during World War II. The squadron was commanded originally by Gregory "Pappy" Boyington. United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military. ... ... South Pacific is a musical play with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II that opened on Broadway on April 7, 1949, and ran for more than five years. ... World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrinations, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons like the atom bomb. ... Then-Major Gregory Pappy Boyington during World War II Colonel Gregory Pappy Boyington (December 4, 1912 - January 11, 1988) was an American fighter pilot who flew with the American Volunteer Group (the Flying Tigers) in China and became a US Marine Corps ace in World War II. // Early life Boyington...

The exploits of the unit were loosely fictionalised in the 1970s television series Baa Baa Black Sheep (later renamed The Black Sheep Squadron), starring Robert Conrad as Boyington. This article provides extensive lists of events and significant personalities of the 1970s. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Robert Conrad (born Konrad Robert Falkowski on March 1, 1935 in Chicago) is a director and actor. ...


Black Sheep is the name of an ale made by the Black Sheep brewery. Black Sheep ale Black Sheep brewery is a brewery in Masham, Yorkshire. ...

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