[Ads-l] [Non-DoD Source] "Niger" or "Niger"?

Salikoko Mufwene mufw at UCHICAGO.EDU
Sat Oct 21 12:44:58 EDT 2017


Please look for “Nigerois”.

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On Oct 21, 2017, at 11:33 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM<mailto:wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>> wrote:

I haven't made an exhaustive search, but apparently and oddly the relevant,
useful adjective/noun *Nigeran (NYE-jur-un) doesn't exist in English.

Who is responsible for this, if true?

JL

On Sat, Oct 21, 2017 at 12:25 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com<mailto:wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>>
wrote:

Niger Innis (son of Roy) is National Spokesperson for the Congress of
Racial Equality (CORE). He just spoke on CNN.

Pronounced NYE-jur.

JL

On Sat, Oct 21, 2017 at 11:50 AM, Herb Stahlke <hfwstahlke at gmail.com<mailto:hfwstahlke at gmail.com>>
wrote:

For what it's worth, both pronunciations were current in Nigeria in the
60s.  Of course we Peace Corps Volunteers preferred the French.

Herb

On Sat, Oct 21, 2017 at 10:11 AM, Jonathan Lighter <
wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com<mailto:wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>>
wrote:

Lindsey Graham:

Nih-JEER.

BTW, the only tigers in Africa in 1887 would have been imported from
Asia,
where they live.

So it's just as conceivable that the incident occurred in Africa as
anywhere else outside of Asia, as long as the tiger had been imported
(perhaps escaped from a circus).

One mustn't assume.

Which is more likely in 1887 - a Nigerien in Asia or a tiger in Africa.

Hmmm.....

JL
JL

On Sat, Oct 21, 2017 at 7:44 AM, W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com<mailto:brewerwa at gmail.com>> wrote:

"A Girl Who was Swimming the Niger"  © Warren A. Brewer

A girl who was swimming the Niger
Encountered a wandering tiger
"How, what, when, and where
Did you get to Niger?"
"With a compass," he said, "and Geiger"

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