Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 10:50:32 +0000 From: Duane Campbell Subject: Re: "race" (was PC Dictionaries?the N word? racism? race?) At 09:08 AM 10/30/97 -0600, you wrote: >I believe the word race used in this context derives from Middle French >or Italian and means something like "generation" (please correct me on >this). In biology and taxonomy (which is what we are discussing here, whether we know it or not), race is a subdivision of a species, that is, an organism that has recognizable genetically transmitted attributes but is not different enough from others of its ilk to constitute a separate species. There are races of house sparrows and lab rats and begonias. Another word for the same thing is sub-species, but I suspect that applied to humans that could be even more offensive. Duane Campbell dcamp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]