racial slur database

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 2 17:55:42 UTC 2008

And some of the words aren't even slurs, at least WRT those that apply
to the colored, e.g. "Afro-Saxon." "Terms" would be a better title
than "slurs."


On Wed, Jul 2, 2008 at 11:57 AM, Arnold M. Zwicky
<zwicky at csli.stanford.edu> wrote:
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> On Jul 1, 2008, at 12:19 PM, Doug Harris wrote:
>> What an incredible compendium!
>> I'd bet you could live a whole _bunch_ of lifetimes and never hear
>> most of those terms in the wild. I dare say _some_ of the terms are
>> so unlikely that maybe not many more than two people -- probably
>> teenagers with too much time on their hands -- ever heard them ITW.
> a problem with all sorts of compendia of lexical items, which tend to
> focus on the outrageous and entertaining, with very little information
> about frequency and context of use.
> arnold
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