the n word: on its way out?

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Thu Mar 8 16:34:42 UTC 2007

On Thu, Mar 08, 2007 at 08:30:30AM -0800, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> Burns actually wrote "niger."
>   OED has some catching up to do.

No, Joel does; he cited from OED2. The OED3 draft entry, up
since September 2003, correctly specifies "niger", and further
notes that it rhymes with "vigour, rigour, tiger".

Jesse Sheidlower

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