Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 14:30:05 -0500 From: "Joan C. Cook" 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 *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* Joan C. Cook Imagination is Department of Linguistics more important Georgetown University than knowledge. Washington, D.C., USA cookj[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] --Albert Einstein *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*