Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 16:48:35 -0500 From: "Jeutonne P. Brewer" Subject: Re: PC Dictionaries? On Tue, 28 Oct 1997, CARRIE SUSANN ADDINGTON wrote: > I am personally outraged by the fact that a stereotypical label has > been placed in a dictionary as a meaningful word. Does white trash > exist in the dictionary?--same thing! I hate racism adn the fact that it > exists but to put it in the dictionary as a word.No! It is a damn > stereotype. Does anyone agree? Is anyone else upset with this? > Carrie Unfortunately, these words and phrases are full of meanings. That's the problem being discussed on the list. A legitimate dictionary has an obligation to include these words (and many others). Dictionaries report on/record usage; they don't dictate usage. Do you remember the old claim. Ain't ain't a word because ain't ain't in the dictionary? Of course, the statement by itself proved that ain't was -- and is -- a word in English. The purpose of this list is to discuss language and language use. ALL uses of language are legitimate subjects for study, analysis, and comment. I don't have to like a word or a subject in order to learn about it, study it, or write about it. I think knowledge is always better than censorship. Jeutonne ********************************************** Jeutonne P. Brewer, Associate Professor Department of English University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC 27412 email: jpbrewer[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] URL: ***********************************************