Date: Fri, 21 Apr 1995 11:06:49 -0700
From: Peter McGraw pmcgraw[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CALVIN.LINFIELD.EDU
Subject: Re: South East Missouri /IG-nert/
I'm surprised that so far no one has mentioned the usage of this word in
Black English. The first time I ever heard the word at all was from my
grandmother's maid in Oklahoma in the 1940s, and it seemed clear from the
context that it meant simply "rude". I learned the standard meaning only
when I used the word in my grandmother's presence to mean "rude" and was
hastily corrected in tones that gently but clearly conveyed to me that
there was something socially unacceptable about using it in that sense.
The next time I heard the word in the meaning "rude" was in the 1980s in
Ohio, again from an African American, leading me to believe that it had
been alive and well all that time and was geographically widespread.