the n word: on its way out?

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Mar 8 17:25:05 UTC 2007

You stand corrected.


Jesse Sheidlower <jester at PANIX.COM> wrote:
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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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