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It is an insult, never use it.
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a black female caller who had complained about her white husband's use of the so-called N-word.
can you tell me what was meant by the N word? I know it's not an insult but I want to know it. Thanks.
Last edited by Over the top; 20-Aug-2010 at 07:49.
It was a typo. I wanted to say 'not a proper' but I changed my mind and used 'insult'instead and it ended up 'not an insult' sorry my brain sometimes mixes things. However, I did not know what the word was but now I know though I don't think it's too offinsive that it couldn't be written down. It reminds me of the way some people write G-d instead of God.
Thanks for your help :)
Last edited by Over the top; 20-Aug-2010 at 13:18.
I agree. It is indeed considered one of the most offensive words in the world in the US, and it really is NOT written down. We don't say that word at all, referring to it as "the n-word."
While G_d is written, it's still said as "God" out loud.
When the n-word is written, it's not said as [you have to realize it's very hard for me to even type this!] "nigger" but said out loud as "the en word."
If my daughter came home from school and said someone on the bus used that word, she wouldn't say it -- she's say "Someone called someone else the en word."
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
Although when used by African-Americans among only African-Americans, it can be a nickname rather than an insult.
As you will have noticed, OTT, this is a very touchy subject - so touchy that the taboo even affects quite unrelated words: Controversies about the word "niggardly" - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia .
Is the word "negro" also referred as N-word? Is it as offencive as the word "nigger" ?