"take offense to"; the "R-word"

Ann Burlingham ann at BURLINGHAMBOOKS.COM
Mon Feb 8 00:28:29 UTC 2010

On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 5:34 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>wrote:

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> Wait, wait! It gets better:
> "The controversy over the 'R-word' comes just as the Special Olympics is
> gearing up for its second annual 'Spread The Word to End the Word'
> campaign.They have set up a website,
> www.r-word.org<
> http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/ynews/ts_ynews/storytext/ynews_ts1114/35006948/SIG=11qibid1p/*http://www.andrewgolis.com/ynews/wp-admin/www.r-word.org
> >,
> where people can pledge not to use the word anymore. According to a
> spokesperson, they're hoping to obtain at least 100,000 pledges to 'change
> the conversation,' and as of this writing, they've collected over 55,000
> pledges, including Rahm Emanuel's."
It has boggled me for years that otherwise-thoughtful people would use that

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