Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 14:30:05 -0500


Subject: Re: Political Blunder

On Fri, 10 Nov 1995, BRIAN E MULLINS wrote:

Being from

Detroit and then moving to Kentucky I have heard numerous racial slurs

but this one is one I never heard. Is there such a slur? What does it

mean? The only guess I have is one that once owned numerous slaves was

"nigger rich."

Yes, it's a racial slur, but not about slaveowning. If you're used to

having lots of money, and you find $5 on the sidewalk, it's no big deal;

but if you win the lottery, you're rich. If you're used to getting by on

next to nothing, and you find $5 on the sidewalk, you suddenly *feel* rich.

How, in the context, Sen. Ford could've misheard "near rich" beats me;

[s] doesn't transmit well over phone lines, but [g] does, doesn't it?



Joan C. Cook Imagination is

Department of Linguistics more important

Georgetown University than knowledge.

Washington, D.C., USA

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