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Originally posted by luciddream
Whatever the semantics of the word, it carries different meaning to a huge number of people.
If people wants to keep using the word and reminding the black people the "good ol days" they had then pick a word for yourself and make it a taboo, and if someone uses it, sue the sht out of them or counteract them using their racial slur word.
Win-win situation here.
Originally posted by TheRedneck
Oh, I meant to include in the above post... Paula Deen just lost her spokesperson gig for Smithfield as well.
I am a little disappointed at her sons... they were on CNN trying to help their mother, and lying through their teeth about despising the word... political correctness will not solve anything. I don't believe they are racist, but I also don't believe they hate the word as much as they claim... their mother admitted it was a part of her language in the past.
There just in NO excuse for using the word in general, much less in your business and around your employees. That's just plain stupid on her part.
Because these "bad" words already have a meaning attached to it, how would you use it without it its meaning?
1. Etymon. As a general rule, swearing of any kind is frowned on in polite society and has been through the ages. So there is a tendency to invent euphemisms for swear words, so that they might be used in a milder form. In the Middle Ages, the fashion was for religious swear words like egad and zounds. Egad was a simple substitute for “God”. Zounds was a shortening of “God’s wounds” as was – excuse my French – woundikins. Odds bodkins was “God’s body” and gadzooks was “God’s hooks” referring to the nails that pinned Christ on the cross. You might think that the creation of such religious swear words has stopped, but it hasn’t. The newer ones simply don’t sound so archaic. Gee whiz and jeez (for Jesus) are quite recent, as are; jeepers creepers (for Jesus Christ), doggone (for God damn), gosh (for God) and great Scott (for good God). Also recent is the use of the names Christopher Columbus, Judas Priest and Jiminy Cricket as mild swear words, for which the etymon is Jesus Christ – but you probably wouldn’t know that unless you were told. An etymon, by the way, is a root word from which other words derive and etymology is, of course, the study of etymons.
Originally posted by luciddream
reply to post by bigfatfurrytexan
So pretty much it boils to they can say it and you can't? power struggle issue then? inferior/superiority complex?
"they flaunt it in my face and i can't say it! not fair!"? its not equal!?
If its just a word, then why even be bothered by the fact that you can't use it?
I grew up with lots of bad words, does that mean i have to use it?
I'm not gonna lose sleep over the fact that i can't say a single word, less people speak it, the faster it disappears.
or the non-blacks who are hiphop fans: How do you handle singing along to your favorite hiphop song and encountering the aforementioned slur in the lyrics. Do you sing it, do you replace it with 'N-Word', or do you skip it completely? WHY?