terms of endearment

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 27 03:41:29 UTC 2012

On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 1:00 AM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at gmail.com> wrote:
> “And ‘goon’ is apparently a term of endearment in the high schools
> these days,” he added. “I don’t know of anyone younger than 40 who
> uses ‘coon’ as a racial epithet.”

Is this bullshit? Or is it bullshit?

If they don't use it as a racial epithet, for what purpose *do* they
use it, then?

This is what Shakespeare described as "protesting too much."

Hence, it's bullshit.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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