"Negro with two g's"

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Sun Mar 10 22:26:41 UTC 2013

Yes. The word "nigger" refers to a Black person, usually derogatorily
(though in some White dialects it is simply the only word for that
referent). The word "the N-word" refers to the word "nigger".

Parallelly: "Mark Mandel" refers to me. When I say "my name", that phrase
refers to the name "Mark Mandel".

Mark Mandel
(this one, anyhow <http://mark.cracksandshards.com>)

On Sat, Mar 9, 2013 at 2:51 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
> wrote:

> On Sat, Mar 9, 2013 at 2:13 PM, Geoffrey Nunberg
> <nunberg at ischool.berkeley.edu> wrote:
>> > *PS It doesn't seem quite right to describe phrases like "the N-word"
>> as euphemisms, though that usage seems to be pervasive (see, e.g., the
>> Wikipedia entry for "nigger"). To say that "A" is a euphemism for "B" is to
>> say that A denotes politely what B denotes rudely, but in this case the
>> words are not co-extensive: "A" denotes "B" not B's.  Is there a name for
>> this type of expression?
> Perhaps something like: meta-minced. First a term is minced by being
> reduced to a single letter "N" or two letters "gg" and then the term
> is employed indirectly by being referenced. "The N word" or "negro
> with two g's".
> mincing with indirection
> dereferenced mincing

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