Help in retrieving old train of thought
mkuha at BSUVC.BSU.EDU
Wed Aug 8 20:42:13 UTC 2001
> At 8:24 PM -0400 8/7/01, PHILIP E CLEARY wrote:
> ><Was the crucial word maybe not "denigrate", after all?>
> >If we're thinking of the same case, the word was "niggardly."
On Wed, 8 Aug 2001, Laurence Horn wrote:
> Right. I think I was the one who brought up "denigrate" as a
> contrast during that thread (in that it really DOES contain a root
> meaning 'black', but tends not to be perceived as a slur (others
> pointed out phonological reasons for that), while "niggardly" is only
> a slur via folk etymology.
Now that you mention it, when I did a (misguided) search on "denigrate"
at google.com, it was interesting that most of the hits seemed to be about
people getting livid about how various minority groups are denigrated!
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