Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 16:40:54 -0600

From: Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIUC.EDU

Subject: Re: PC Dictionaries?

Actually I did a local interview on one of the tv stations and I mentioned exactly what Jesse said,

that all the major dictionaries had the same definitions, and all had appropriate usage warnings and

labels. The furor started when an article in the Sept. issue of Emerge magazine, which I haven't

seen yet, said that the m-w collegiate defined the word as black person and gave nothing to

indicate it was a derogatory usage. This decontextualized reference to the def. then escalated.



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