Date: Wed, 8 Jan 1997 20:44:36 -0700 From: William King Subject: Re: Popular Ebonics > >There is also a blurb in the "Conventional Wisdom Watch" that appears on > >page six: > > Ebonics <-> Goofy debate's silver lining: dissing > > "black English" no longer taboo. > > Is Newsweek being sarcastic here? Using "dissing" in this blurb? If not, > I'm completely stunned. > > Gregory J. Pulliam That's the complete and unexpurgated copy, as the paperback covers used to say. I think that the intention is to be clever, or at best ironic. It is ironic that Newsweek, so clever and informed, sums this up as a debate, given the number of issues. Any guesses as to Newsweek's marketing department's current reader profile? Bill King U. of Arizona SLAT program