Sherrod Brown: Uses N-word on T.V.

It's better to be thought of an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

That was advice Sen. Sherrod Brown should have used. Instead he decided to call his colleagues "Niggardly". Luckily he's not in the Tea Party which makes him automatically not racist!

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Seems to me some other poor dem from DC used that more than a decade ago and had his head handed to him. Couldn't he have just used the word "miserly?"

Mr. Apathy

The two words have very different meanings and have independent derivations. Niggardly means cheap. It first appeared in English language text in the 14th Century, and most likely derived from a Scandinavian language. The other "N"-word first appears in the 16th Century, and derives from the Spanish word for black.

Nice try!

. 1- Washington, DC's black Mayor, Anthony Williams, gladly accepted the resignation of his white staff member, David Howard, because Mr. Howard uttered the word 'niggardly' in a private staff meeting. 2-a junior English major and vice chairwoman of the Black Student Union told the group how a professor teaching Chaucer had used the word niggardly. She later said she was unaware of the related Washington, D.C. controversy that came to light just the week before. She said the professor continued to use the word even after she told him that she was offended. "I was in tears, shaking, 3-teacher, Stephanie Bell, said she used "niggardly" during a discussion about literary characters. Parent Akwana Walker, who is black, protested the use of the word, saying it offended her because it sounds similar to a racial slur.[7]
Bell's union, the North Carolina Association of Educators, told her not to speak about the situation, so her son, Tarl Bell, spoke to the newspaper. Tarl Bell said his mother received a letter from the school principal stating that the teacher used poor judgment and instructing her to send an apology to the parents of her students, which was done 4-Dennis Boaz, a history teacher, sued the administrators of the Mendocino County Office of Education for defamation.[8] Mr. Boaz, who was bargaining for Ukiah schoolteachers, wrote a letter saying that the "tenor of the negotiation tactics of the district office has become increasingly negative and niggardly." The response was a memo from one defendant of the lawsuit that implied that Boaz was racist, and a letter cosigned by the other defendant and nine other individuals in the Mendocino County school system stating that Boaz's comments were "racially charged and show a complete lack of respect and integrity toward Dr. Nash, Ukiah Unified District Superintendent," who is black.
Let's just be fair across the board.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

This stupid so-called controversy about supposedly forbidden words would therefore have to include:
*shine * in the sky
*coon* in the woods
*ape* in a zoo
*breed* of cat
*chink* in a wall
*cracker* in the soup
*frog* in a pond
*oreo* cookies
*red skin* from the sun
and on and on.

Maybe some people need to read a lot more and expand their vocabularies.

Now, if Brown had asked my opinion, I would have advised that he find an appropriate synonym, since the word would be misinterpreted by many. I have done speech writing for politicians in the past. We were always very carefull about the use of language and it's possible interpretations. I wish that I could say I did so perfectly, but, overall, I did quite well.

Pete: context means everything with the words listed from wiki. For example, remember Howard Cosell's infamous comment when it wasn't a zoo reference?

no doubt you're right, Dale, but I hate to see a perfectly good word thrown away because it "looks like" another one. I guess we all have to walk on eggshells anymore.

The root of niggardly is not even spelled the same as the N-word

Pink Slip

Liberals don't care. Those, and other insane morons.

This entire thread is full of nigrescent nigritude, blackening the view of sense.

mid-14c., nygart, of uncertain origin. The suffix suggests French origin (cf. -ard), but the root word is probably related to O.N. hnøggr "stingy," from P.Gmc. *khnauwjaz (cf. Swed. njugg "close, careful," Ger. genau "precise, exact"), and to O.E. hneaw "stingy, niggardly," which did not survive in Middle English.

I wouldn't try to speak for Mikeya, but I'd bet what he's saying is this. It's not that the word is "bad", but that if it had been a republican or a tea party member saying it,that wouldn't have stopped the media and the dems from jumping on the person who said it.

But then, I have a feeling you knew that.

"We're all riding on the Hindenburg, no sense fighting over the window seats"-Richard Jenni

Perception is everything! I'm sure that I would feel the same way if this word were used by Santorum or Palin or Mandel. But there are lefties who would jump on this just as righties are jumping on it now.

That's exactly what I was trying to do JM. Plus I purposfully stayed away from reading the thread because I wanted to see where it would go.


Ok, gotcha.

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

Instead of just playing the "it's hypocrisy because their team does it" game, why don't we just say what is right and what is wrong--no matter what side it is? There's nothing wrong with the word. I don't care who bitches about it.

Pink Slip


So there is nothing wrong with the word.

I am going to quote this when I use it in a thread and Purnhrt attacks me.

If my post was to have any goal it was this HB. So no not trolling, just fishing. And today, fishing was good.


In this case--even though it's another example of how the liberals have one set of rules for themselves and another set for the rest of us--Sherrod Brown can use all the "n words" he wants because he has no hope of being re-elected. In his first term in office, he has received the distinction of tying Barbara Boxer as the most liberal senator. Ohioans aren't liberal and a few well-placed ads reminding us that he voted for Obamacare will do him in. Also, Josh Mandel has polled well with independent voters and has raised more money per month than Brown.

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