Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 11:16:26 -0600 From: Dennis Baron Subject: What does the "n" word mean? (was PC dictionaries) The reporter who interviewed me about the n word for the local TV station is black and said she was surprised to see all this discussion, since when she was growing up her working definition of the word was 'an uneducated person' and it had no racial connotation. She was surprised when I told her it was connected to Negro. I thought this was very interesting. Jesse, and others: is there any additional confirmation for such a use of the word in the African American community? 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