the n word: on its way out?

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Thu Mar 8 20:18:47 UTC 2007

On Thu, Mar 08, 2007 at 03:10:18PM -0500, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> I try to remember to write "OED2", not simply "OED".  Perhaps I
> should refrain, since others on this list do have access to OED3.

(You did write "OED2"; it wasn't a mistake, just that you were
quoting from text that had been revised in the exact place Jon
had criticized us for.)

Jesse Sheidlower

> At 3/8/2007 11:34 AM, you [i.e. Jesse Sheidlower] wrote:
> >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
> >OED

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