[Ads-l] orthographic symbolism

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 27 11:17:21 EDT 2016


Some forty years ago there was a rundown little shop in Knoxville that
seemed to have no name but a large, wheeled marquee that read,

"KEEP KNOXVILLE KLEAN

"Sheets $1.00"

JL

On Fri, May 27, 2016 at 9:33 AM, Charles C Doyle <cdoyle at uga.edu> wrote:
> A rumor or legend has lingered in the South, not especially credible, to the effect that business establishments in the 1950s and 1960s would employ innovative "k" spellings to signal their membership in or approval of the Ku Klux Klan: "Krispy Kreme," "Kwik Mart," and the like.
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> --Charlie
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>> On May 26, 2016, at 7:40 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
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>> Especially with Afrikaners around perhaps even longer?  (At Oberllin, =
> I don't give credence to the notion that the "Afrikan Heritage Center" =
> is a place for anti-black racists to gather.)
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>> Joel
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> Or for reunions of aging members of Rommel's Afrika Korps...
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> LH
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>>      From: Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
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>> ...goes mainstream.
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>> This week's New Yorker mentions the "Afrikan Heritage Center" at
>> Oberlin College.
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>> Ca1970, campus radicals liked to spell "America" as {Amerika} and even
>> {Amerikkka} to prove its innate Nazi Racism.
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>> So {Afrikan} may not be the wisest choice - though I know it's been
>> around for a while.
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>> JL
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