Date: Fri, 21 Apr 1995 11:06:49 -0700 From: Peter McGraw 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. Peter McGraw Linfield College McMinnville, OR