ADS-L Digest - 24 Jan 2009 to 25 Jan 2009 (#2009-26)

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Mon Jan 26 14:43:53 UTC 2009

Do you think it's a broadening of what's identfied in MWC11 sense 3?

: a member of a socially disadvantaged class of persons  *it's time
for somebody to lead all of America's niggers . . . all the people
who feel left out of the political process - Ron Dellums*

Or something else? Outgrowth of the term used non-offensively within the group?

---Amy West

>Date:    Sun, 25 Jan 2009 00:39:04 -0500
>From:    Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
>Subject: Heard on The Judges: "nigger" = man, person
>"You're just a old, no-good, crack-addict!"
>Mid-forty-ish, black male speaker:
>"No, judge, I'm not! I'm a *recovering* addict, a recovering
>*marijuana*-addict! I'm a changed _nigger_, your honor!"

The American Dialect Society -

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