Date: Thu, 18 Jan 1996 11:23:02 -0500
From: "Winfield, Laurie" lwinfield[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RINET.HUNTON.COM
Subject: "street arab"
Upon seeing "urchin" used as a clue for "arab" in two cross-word puzzles
(one the NY Times), a friend asked me what the connection was, and whether
it was derogatory. I found "street arab" in Webster's 1981 New Collegiate
Dictionary, but it is not to be found in Webster's Unabridged from 1976. I
assume the nomadic life is the common thread but would welcome correction.
Main question is, isn't this a derogatory term and, if so, why is it not
marked as offensive or pejorative in the dictionary? Also, why would it be
listed in the smaller, later dictionary and not in the larger, earlier one?
Seems to buck the PC trend.
lwinfield[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]hunton.com