Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 16:59:54 -0500 From: Jody Subject: The "N" Word What everyone seems to be overlooking in the discussion over the "N" word is that it IS a word. Its place on a page in any dictionary does not make it any more acceptable or unacceptable as a part of our everyday language arsenal. Rude, crude, socially it what you will....but it IS a word and thus it should be in our dictionary. EVERY meaning should be listed just like every meaning for every other word should be listed as well. I am not saying that it has been fairly represented with the definitions it currently possesses - THAT should perhaps be what is striven for in all this debate, to include an ACCURATE description as to what the word really means and as to the actual usage of the word in contemporary English. The word has been around for a long time. Its usage has evolved just as the usage of every other word in our language has evolved. To show the real picture of the matter at hand, to show the beginning of the word (and perhaps even an end if all goes well), is the only correct and socially acceptable thing to do. -Jody \\|// ( 0-0 ) -----.ooo0--(_)--0ooo.----- Joseph Charles Streible, Jr. ====> "Jody" jcstre01[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Morehead State University .ooo0 ------( )-----0ooo.------ \ ( ( ) \_) ) / (_/