Episode 54 — Niggardly
Posted 31 December 2012 - 12:01 AM
Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:03 AM
Yeah, word. I started losing my hair at 18 and I wasn't going to go through college looking like a taller, whiter, skinny Danny Devito.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:07 AM
Posted 31 December 2012 - 12:18 PM
There are literally dozens of other words that mean the same thing. There is precisely one reason to use "niggardly" as opposed to its bevy of synonyms, and that reason is racism, yo.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:11 PM
But the thing is, words change. There are hundreds of words that Shakespeare used that now mean different things, just like how reading Chaucer can be difficult if you don't know the original context of the language he wrote with. The fact that language evolves is the beauty of it, and in that change comes new terms entirely, "nigger" being one of them.
That word's introduction retroactively taints similar words before it. Is it unfortunate? Yeah, sure, but to ignore modern context of language and risk offending people just because you want to say a specific word is a pretty gross thing to do.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:51 PM