the n word: on its way out?

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Mar 8 21:48:59 UTC 2007

See, Burns was from a foreign land, Scotland, which allowed him to do things like this.

  The vowel was evidently / i: /, which is why the spelling is significant. Or vice versa.


Jesse Sheidlower <jester at PANIX.COM> wrote:
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On Thu, Mar 08, 2007 at 03:18:17PM -0500, Charles Doyle wrote:
> 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?

No, it just means that in the Burnes poem, the word "niger"
rhymes with these other words. The note was attached to this
specific quotation, not to the word in general.

Jesse Sheidlower

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