Date: Thu, 20 Oct 1994 13:37:06 -0700 From: Judith Rascoe Subject: Re: offending idiot .. I'm not as sure that somebody who uses last season's word is seen as racist in the worst sense as much as he's seen as somebody who hasn't been paying attention. It's like your sister's deciding she wants to be called 'Stacey' now rather than 'Bootums' or 'Hag-face'. She's asserting, and you're resenting, the implication that your understanding is not as compelte as you thought it was.