New/old racist etymology

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 20 01:45:08 UTC 2013

On Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 8:30 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
> disreputable (meaning "can't be relied upon")

Joel, I don't find *any* part of the book "disreputable" in any
academically-relevant sense, or in any other sense, for that matter.

I apologize for having inadvertently given the impression that I have
some substantive criticism of this book that needs to be given
consideration by those learned in the field. I don't have any such

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

The American Dialect Society -

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