Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 10:48:37 -0500 From: Al Futrell Subject: Re: What does the "n" word mean? (was PC dictionaries) On Tue, 28 Oct 1997, Dennis Baron wrote: > 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? > I just spoke to an African-American professor who grew up in Gary, IN and he told me the same thing Dennis reports here. Where I grew up (Champaign) the N-word always referred to a person of color. And it does here in Louisville as well -- at least when used by a white person. Al Futrell -- al[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] -- Dept of Communication -- University of Louisville