The n-word in New York

Scot LaFaive spiderrmonkey at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 1 16:33:08 UTC 2007

They could also tax its usage and have all aspiring rappers in Brooklyn pay
for an n-word permit allowing them to use it in public. Perhaps there could
even be a blanket permit for all the dirty words as well instead of buying a
separate permit for each word.


>From: Barbara Need <nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU>
>Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Subject: The n-word in New York
>Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2007 10:22:53 -0600
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>Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Poster:       Barbara Need <nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU>
>Subject:      The n-word in New York
>New York City has passed a resolution to encourage residents to avoid
>using the n-word. The City apparently feels that it is not
>appropriately used under any circumstances (not even among blacks).
>One of the arguments put forward was that the young people using the
>word (having heard it in rap and other popular culture "venues")
>don't realize the history of its offensiveness.
>(This was in today's Chicago Tribine.)
>Barbara Need
>The American Dialect Society -

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