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Kill “Nigger”: Die N-Word

by | 12th, July 2007

chocolate-casket.jpg Quote : “Die, N-word. We don’t want to see you around here no more.” Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Figure of Speech : tabooism, a form of circumlocution. From the Tongan tabu, meaning “forbidden.”

At the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s national convention, horses drew a carriage with a pine casket. Inside the casket was the anthropomorphically embalmed word “nigger.”

Did Figaro just offend you? Forgive him; he has a reason.

The word “nigger” didn’t become a bad word in America until the nineteenth century, when it took on pejorative connotations. Derived from the Latin niger, meaning “black,” it allows Figaro to demonstrate a perfect tabooism a word or phrase that substitutes for a forbidden word. Figaro devised the term “tabooism” himself, because circumlocution is too broad to describe the phenomenon.

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