Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 12:50:13 -0600
From: "Emerson, Jessie J" jjemerso[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]INGR.COM
Subject: Re: The "n" word and M-W Collegiate Dict
Are you proposing that M_W do this? Including every sense/meaning of
every word (which would seem to be the next logical progression) in
every dialect/community of English would fall outside the scope of M_W's
collegiate dictionary. That would involve a many-volumed work...like
From Albert E. Krahn:
This is indeed what is in this dictionary, and it is clearly
For example, the final sentence is far too weak. The expression "not
intended or taken as offensive" is misleading.
What it all boils down to is context: We need to know who is speaking
whom -- and much more -- to discover what meaning might be intended.