Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 13:57:41 -0600
From: Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIUC.EDU
Subject: Re: PC Dictionaries?
See relevant articles in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Chicago Trib. The NAACP has
taken up the cause and there is groundswell. M-W has put out a press release.
At 02:28 PM 10/27/97 +0000, you wrote:
CNN reports on a movement to either remove the word "Nigger" from Websters
Collegiate and other dictionaries or to define it as a word used to
"oppress a group of people regardless of race."
Though the publisher is resisting, I find this a very worrysome application
of political correctness.
Duane Campbell dcamp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]epix.net
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