Friday, June 08, 2007
The 'N' Word Won't Go Away
That 'N' word debate. Michael Ehioze-Ediae gives his view on whether the word ought to be used by white or black people at all. This is a really difficult one for people like me who try to maintain a culture of free speech on our blogs, yet find ourselves having to delete vile abuse from time to time.
As a linguist I also recognise the futility of trying to ban words from being used. Language evolves and the N word is used by young people (as Dizzy explains) in an entirely different way to which the rest of us understand it. And there is nothing at all we can do about it, even if we feel we should.