man+(noun) combin ing form
laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Oct 3 14:54:15 UTC 2005
>In a message dated 10/2/05 10:58:56 PM, JJJRLandau at AOL.COM writes:
>> My recollection is that in Louisville, Kentucky, in the 1950's and 1960's,
>> the term "colored man" did NOT mean "an African-American male" but rather
>> the more specific meaning "an African-American male employed in a white
>> household" or even more specifically "an African-American male employed in
>> a white
>> household as a semi-skilled artisan, such as a handyman or gardener."
>> Similarly "colored woman" had the specific meaning "an African-American
>> woman". However (NAACP please note) "colored people" did indeed mean
>> "African-Americans in general".
>Couldn't a distinction made on the basis of stress? i.e.,
>colored MAN = African-American servant
Not sure about this; *my* intuition is different. "I'll have my
colored man do it", "Where's the colored man?", and so on would still
seem to have the forestress. (I hear this with non-rhotic
pronunciation, no doubt from old movies: "CULluhd man".)
>COLORED man = African-American male
>That would seem intuitively right to me.
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