Date: Tue, 18 Oct 1994 07:32:29 -0500

From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU

Subject: Re: offending idioms

mockery of itself. And terms change from negative to positive (as in

"yankee") or shift focus (as in "honky"). Am I making sense here? Perhaps

You were making sense until you gave "yankee" as an example of a term that

has changed from negative to positive. ;-)

Are we talking about terms that are subtly offensive because of etymology

that isn't necessarily apparent, or are we including blatantly offensive

terms? If the latter, nobody has mentioned "nigger rig" yet.

--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]