[Ads-l] [Non-DoD Source] "Niger" or "Niger"?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Oct 22 01:26:04 UTC 2017

> On Oct 21, 2017, at 8:52 PM, Chris Waigl <chris at LASCRIBE.NET> wrote:
> In my English book in school, where I first encountered this limerick,
> the young lady was from Riga. I understand that in the original it was
> Niger, right? Anyway, I don't know if the substitution was to repair the
> rhyme or to be less racist, or for zoological proximity, but I think
> it's better.
> Chris

Unless, like me, you pronounce the Latvian capital’s name “REE-ga”, in which case it’s a non-starter.

Maybe switching genders:

There once was an actor named Steiger
Who went for a ride on a tiger...


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