the n word: on its way out?

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Thu Mar 8 20:18:17 UTC 2007

OK, I'll ask:  What does it mean to rhyme with "vigour, rigour, tiger"??  Is the reference to Winnie the Poo's (fake)feline companion?


---- Original message ----
>Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2007 11:34:42 -0500
>From: Jesse Sheidlower <jester at PANIX.COM>
>Subject: Re: the n word: on its way out?

>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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