Date: Tue, 25 Oct 1994 11:47:36 -0700 From: Roger Vanderveen Subject: Re: That word in the South Date: Tue, 25 Oct 1994 11:26:41 -0400 From: "Bethany Dumas, UTK" 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 euphemism. 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 ===============================================================================