the n word: on its way out?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Mar 12 20:20:45 UTC 2007

Wasn''t "negritude" popularized back in the day by some
African-Frenchman author whose name escapes me at the moment?


On 3/12/07, Charles Doyle <cdoyle at> wrote:
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> It's interesting how "negritude" (OED, since 1949), borrowed from the French, where it would be pronounced [nE-] or possibly [ne-], now seems to compete with the much older and less "proper"-sounding "nigritude" (OED, since 1651), [nIgr at t(j)ud]. Oh the difference an orthographic "e" can make!
> --Charlie
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