Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 13:15:09 -0500 From: Beverly Flanigan Subject: Re: PC Dictionaries? I'm much less worried about dictionaries' inadequate or inexact definitions of words (though M-W's defs of the n-word seem exemplary) than I am about everyday use of them--witness the boy on the playground first labeling and then shunning another child. I'm also concerned about people who do not seem to realize that "nigger" is "perhaps the most offensive and inflammatory racial slur in English" (M-W, 10th ed.). A non-American T.A. in our introductory linguistics program may (perhaps) be excused for not knowing the word's cultural history ("After all, it's just a word"); the rest of us cannot.