David A. Daniel dad at POKERWIZ.COM
Thu Oct 6 22:34:38 UTC 2011

He's getting around the bad-word catchers. I helped design a lot of
word-catching software for live chat in internet poker rooms - as well as
virtually all other functions of internet poker. It is common now, like in
spam programs, but not so much at the time. This is typical of how people
try to get around it. So this guy thinks if he writes black man he might get
caught and censored. Though I don't know why he would think that saying bad
things about black people on Fox would get him censored.

Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2011 7:15 PM
Subject: Re: QOTY

Poster:       "Baker, John" <JBAKER at STRADLEY.COM>
Subject:      Re: QOTY

        Nonstandard spellings are a common technique for avoiding automatic
filters, and I suspect that is what Mike Hyland was doing.  Fox may have its
website configured to suspend or reject obviously racist comments, or Hyland
may have suspected that to be the case even if "black man" is not something
that the filter would pick up.  Google indicates only a handful of uses of
"blacqman" and "blacq man."

John Baker

-----Original Message-----
From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of
Laurence Horn
Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2011 2:03 PM
Subject: Re: QOTY

Did anyone else click on the link below, which is the "Fox Nation" coverage
of Cain's comment?  Of course, virtually everyone responding there was in
complete agreement with the sentiment--but not everyone was fully ready to
adopt Cain as standard bearer.  I was struck by what looks like a bit of
orthographic euphemism in this response by Mike Hyland:

Careful as no one knows anything about this b lacqman with absolutely zero
experience in government. Sounds like voting for surprise number 2 whcih
comes form trusting a bla cqman to rule a country the size of the USA. Show
me where in history this turned out for the betterment of the people ruled
or governed by a blac qman

I don't want to focus on the obvious tension between the two...uh,
narratives here (Black men in power is a Bad Thing; Blaming the victim is a
Good Thing) but on the repeated use of "blacqman".  Does anyone know if this
spelling is just Hyland's personal idiosyncrasy or a standard device on the
part of fellow thinkers--a kind of right-wing counterpart to "Amerika"?


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