Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 06:55:52 -0500 From: Gregory Roberts Subject: Re: the word nigger > In this whole discussion, has anyone noted the orgination of the word > "nigger"? As a result of the dictionary discussion, I got into another > discussion with some colleagues and found opinions to vary considerably on > the origin. > The online definition from Merriam Webster's lists the etymology as: Etymology: alteration of earlier neger, from Middle French negre, from Spanish or Portuguese negro, from negro black, from Latin niger Date: 1700 gfr %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% % Gregory F. Roberts "There is water at the bottom of the ocean." % % Georgetown University -DavidByrne % % robertsg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] % % % %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%