Date: Mon, 7 Apr 1997 17:57:15 -0500 From: Mark Mandel Subject: cracker and white trash -Reply >>> Miriam Meyers 0407.1712 >>> [...] But white trash is right down there with nigger; they are two words that I cringe when I hear. It's based on experience of seeing the wretchedness of some people who are called that and of sensing how it must feel to be regarded as trash. This isn't linguistics, maybe, but it's part of my code: I object to calling any human being trash. <<< Amen! Understanding how a word is used and what social freight it carries absolutely IS a legitimate part of linguistics. And appreciating that knowledge and incorporating it into one's life is part of being a mensch. Mark A. Mandel : Senior Linguist : mark[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Dragon Systems, Inc. : speech recognition : +1 617 965-5200 320 Nevada St., Newton, MA 02160, USA : Personal home page: