Date: Tue, 25 Oct 1994 11:47:36 -0700

From: Roger Vanderveen rvander[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ICHIPS.INTEL.COM

Subject: Re: That word in the South

Date: Tue, 25 Oct 1994 11:26:41 -0400


I have followd with great interest the discussion of offending words,

particularly the recent items on who uses n___ in the south. The word

is alive and well among the upper-middle-class speakers who belong to

or hang around Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, TN.

That's unfortunate, since, as you state below, they do use it derogatorily.

Such facts are

among the many reasons that I was not certain I could live in Knoxville when

I first moved here. I used to describe it as the most socially and politically

conservative place I had ever lived. Obviously, "conservative" is a


Obvious from your context, yes. Do you always use it as a euphemism for bigoted?

Or do you use it in general to slander conservatives? And do you in general lump

conservatives in with country clubs?

But let me assure you that the word is alive and well among

many speakers who use it with full knowledge of its offensiveness and

with every intention of being offensive.


Roger Vanderveen Intel Corporation

(503) 696-4331 Hillsboro, OR