Date: Mon, 31 Oct 1994 00:03:34 CST From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Re: offending idioms Charles Juengling claimed that "Neger" has "absolutely no negative connotations whatsoever." When I was in Germany in 1978-79, I was told (more than once) of a gaffe committed by a particularly klutzy President of BRD who was giving a speech in some former German colony in Africa and began his address with "Meine Damen und Herren, Liebe Neger,...." The teller of this tale said no more than these words, then rolled his/her eyes and sighed. Could Herr Juengling be misinformed about the way Germans actually use this term? One of the nagging little questions that has occurred to me from time to time is to wonder about 'Negro' coming from Spanish and 'n---' from the French form 'neger'. A good research project for someone; I'm frying other fish for a while. DMLance