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    What does N-word mean?

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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.
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    Re: What does N-word mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Over the top View Post
    Hello

    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.
    Please look here: Nigger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    It is an insult, never use it.

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    Re: What does N-word mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Over the top View Post
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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.
    I'm not sure what you meant by the part of your post that I have marked in red above. If you meant that saying the actual words "the N word" is not an insult, then I get your point, but if you meant that the actual word involved is not an insult, then that's wrong. It's considered to be one of the most insulting and offensive words in the world, by many people.

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    Re: What does N-word mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm not sure what you meant by the part of your post that I have marked in red above. If you meant that saying the actual words "the N word" is not an insult, then I get your point, but if you meant that the actual word involved is not an insult, then that's wrong. It's considered to be one of the most insulting and offensive words in the world, by many people.
    I imagine I can guess where the OP's certainty came from. In some contexts the value flips from negative to positive. This was shown in some Jacky Chan film (Rush Hour?) when Jacky Chan started a riot by copying the person he was with; from African American to African-American it can be used as a mark of familiarity/clanship/goodwill. But this is easy to misjudge. The OP shouldn't try!

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    Re: What does N-word mean?

    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 :)
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    Re: What does N-word mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Over the top View Post
    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 :)
    I can assure you that it will entirely depend on your audience and many other factors but I would certainly advise against using it in either written or spoken form.

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    Re: What does N-word mean?

    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.

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    Re: What does N-word mean?

    Although when used by African-Americans among only African-Americans, it can be a nickname rather than an insult.

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    Re: What does N-word mean?

    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 .

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    Re: What does N-word mean?

    Is the word "negro" also referred as N-word? Is it as offencive as the word "nigger" ?

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