Say It Right Series

Using the wrong dictionary

Posted by kencarroll April 23, 2007 in the Group General Discussion.



 The Chinese guys at the factory in Guangzhou labeled this sofa 'nigger brown', but I doubt very much that they knew what they were writing. They probably got it  from some old dictionary. A few years ago a student came into my class with the expression "Nigger in the woodpile" written on his jacket. I told him that it as seriously offensive, but I don't think we could accuse him of a racial slur. (I doubt that he had actually read it  - he just saw a bunch of letters on it. I never saw him wear it again.

I can see how this woman was upset. What do you think ? 




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