the n word: on its way out?

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Fri Mar 9 18:13:01 UTC 2007

But THAT, some of us have been asserting, is just flagrantly untrue!


---- Original message ----
>Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2007 10:55:17 -0500
>From: Seán Fitzpatrick <grendel.jjf at VERIZON.NET>
>Subject: Re: the n word: on its way out?

It is a natural pronunciation and probably further recommended itself by sounding like nigger but being different enough for polite conversation.  AHD goes farther:  Nigra (1944), on the other hand, reflects a pronunciation in certain circles of Negro, but meant to suggest nigger, and is thus deemed (according to a 1960 slang dictionary) "even more derog.than 'nigger.'"
>Se=E1n Fitzpatrick

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