Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 16:40:54 -0600 From: Dennis Baron Subject: Re: PC Dictionaries? Actually I did a local interview on one of the tv stations and I mentioned exactly what Jesse said, that all the major dictionaries had the same definitions, and all had appropriate usage warnings and labels. The furor started when an article in the Sept. issue of Emerge magazine, which I haven't seen yet, said that the m-w collegiate defined the word as black person and gave nothing to indicate it was a derogatory usage. This decontextualized reference to the def. then escalated. Dennis _____ Dennis Baron, Acting Head phone: 217-333-2390 Department of English fax: 217-333-4321 University of Illinois email: debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 608 S. Wright Street Urbana, IL 61801