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Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Apr 27 03:01:14 UTC 2014

On Sat, Apr 26, 2014 at 9:23 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at>wrote:

> Nobody explained why "the 'Negro' word" was bad

In like manner, nobody has explained why "African-American" is "good" and
not simply ridiculous.

I've decided to go with what's on my birth certificate: "colored," with
"black" reserved for formal occasions, such as the Census. Like, why not?
I'm even considering punting BE for n[egro]d[ialect], as accurate a
denomination as any other.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society -

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