by: the Common Constitutionalist
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A naughty word can get you in deep do-do these days. It may even get you banned for life. Even if there is no proof that you uttered it.
Oh, I’m not speaking of George Carlin’s famous 1972 skit, “The Seven words you can never say on Television.” Those, by today’s ever-devolving standards, are relative tame, and from I’ve heard, at least five have made it into many an Americans’ everyday vernacular.
No, I’m talking about really offensive words and phrases. Words like the other ‘F’ word – as in f*g, rhymes with gag. Or the ‘G’ word – as in g*y – rhymes with hay. I guess we’re allowed to say that. But beware to use it only to express something positive, for telling a classmate that their outfit looks “so gay” can and will get you suspended. Context is key.
And then there is the granddaddy of them all – the ‘N’ word. As we know, this is an especially caustic term. And I agree. It’s an awful word, which should never be used – by anyone. But yet it is – and quite often. It’s quite common to hear one black man use the ‘N’ word when speaking to another black man. So common has it become, that it seems almost requisite to use the term in rap and hip-hop music, videos and film. I guess the use of it is supposed to make the user feel like a bad mo-fo, and not a woefully ignorant moron.
But it’s just a word, like the millions of others we use. That may be, but don’t get caught being white and using the ‘N’ word. That one word, as well as other terms to describe blacks derogatorily can get you thrown out of a sports stadium and banned for life.