N-word Hill, Calif.

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat May 7 23:53:15 UTC 2011

At 4:14 PM -0500 5/7/11, Dan Goodman wrote:
>On 5/7/2011 8:17 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
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>>Poster:       Jonathan Lighter<wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
>>Subject:      N-word Hill, Calif.
>>A GB check shows that the town was referred to almost from the beginning as
>>both "Negro Hill" and "Nigger Hill," though "Negro Hill" does seem to have
>I've heard Coon Rapids, Minnesota referred to as "Colored Gentleman
>Rapids."  I don't know if that was the speaker's coinage, or something
>more common.
Sounds a bit too reminiscent of the "Back in the African-American"
story, which supposedly (but apparently didn't actually) involve an
honest-to-goodness global search-and-replace.  In the Coon Rapids
case, we'd presumably also end up with the formerly well-known
Beatles song "Rocky Racolored-gentleman".  None of this (beyond the
Negro Hill case) seems plausible to me.


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