MEANING: noun: A coded message that appears innocuous to the general public, but that has an additional interpretation meant to appeal to the target audience, for example, to racists.
adjective: Relating to such a message.

ETYMOLOGY: From the allusion to a dog whistle whose high-pitched sound is inaudible to humans but can be heard by dogs. Earliest documented use: 1995.


DAG-WHISTLE - how Blondie tells her husband that dinner's ready

DOG-WHITTLE - what woodcarvers do in their spare time

DO-WHISTLE - what your hairdresser uses to let you know your styling is finished