Date: Thu, 3 Nov 1994 11:46:21 -0500 From: ALICE FABER Subject: PC in the NY Times Well, Larry's probably beaten me to this, but this morning's New York Times has an article about "Negro" in place names in the New York area. Apparently there is a "Negro Brook" in northern New Jersey, and a local resident (White, btw) wants to change the name, on grounds of its offensiveness. According the the article, many of the place names in the NY area (and presumably elsewhere) with "Negro" in their name were originally "Nigger X", and in the 1960's the US Geological Service (or some other gov't agency-I don't have the article in front of me) decreed that these should henceforward be "Negro X", and maps were adjusted accordingly, even if local usage hasn't always. I couldn't tell from the article whether the "Negro X" usage was offending people, or whether it was the still-preserved "Nigger X". Alice Faber Faber[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]