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  •  We went to the south on vacations and spent a (0+ / 0-)

    lot of time there with cousins still there and we never heard the word, then. and it was a working class southern neighborhood. It could be we just got lucky in that regard.

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    by wishingwell on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 09:17:22 AM PST

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    •  or I not lucky. Though I've a friend from rural TX (0+ / 0-)

      who grew up with the N word all around (and she's only in her 30s). Her younger sister, only 27, says that she heard it as a kid an teen all the time and it turned her stomach.
      Surely it must be the circles one travels in. What we can say that it is more possible perhaps to encounter that word there. It was not an acceptable word where I am from...have talked to many people (I was in a discussion group about race and ethnicity at one point) no one 40s or younger remembered hearing it even as a kid except on very isolated instance.

      •  We grew up in Austin. I first heard it when I (0+ / 0-)

        learned eenie-meenie-minie-mo, the n-word version from a brother who had learned it from a friend. I had no idea what it meant but when my dad heard us chanting it he told us what it meant and why we shouldn't say it. There was also the phrase 'n-word-rigged' which I heard used fairly often.
        That would have been mid to late 60's.

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