Date: Sat, 29 Oct 1994 12:17:30 EDT From: Sonja Lanehart Subject: Re: offending idiot Concerning the use of offending words, Geneva Smitherman presents an interesting and informative perspective on the use of "nigger" and "nigga" in her new book, _Black Talk: Words and Phrases from the Hood to the Amen Corner_. 1994. Houghton Mifflin. She also has an entry on the term "wigga" (literally, a white nigger--p.237). Sonja Lanehart University of Michigan Department of English Sonja.Lanehart[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]