[Ads-l] "bugger"

Baker, John JBAKER at STRADLEY.COM
Wed Jul 13 18:13:12 EDT 2016


I don't read James Landau's post as necessarily suggesting that "nigger" can be used as a term of endearment by white people.  He said that it can be so used "in certain times and places."  I suspect this means, at a minimum, that we are talking about certain in-group uses.


John Baker


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Subject: Re: "bugger"

In 2002, Randall Kennedy published a very informative book about this 
term, including legal perspectives: /Nigger: The Strange Career of a 
Troublesome Word/. It includes useful anecdotes that suggest a lot of 
caution to non-community members, regardless of race.

Sali.


On 7/13/2016 3:27 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 3:09 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> wrote:
> On Jul 13, 2016, at 12:58 PM, James A. Landau <JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM>
> wrote:
>
>> It seems to me that just about every derogatory term for a person (even
>> the N-word) is used, in certain times and places, as an endearment.
>
> Is "even the N-word" used as a term of endearment by white people? Do you
> think that there is the least possibility that you could persuade me that
> it is so used?
>
> When you speak of the use of the word, "nigger," you have not the least
> idea of what you're talking about, unless of course, you're using as a
> racist pretending not to be using it as a racist.
>

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