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Is using this N-word (niggardly) a firing offense?
South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | November 7, 2011 | Michael Mayo

Posted on 11/07/2011 9:59:34 PM PST by ConservativeStatement

One Broward County drug counselor has been fired and another suspended for an incident in which an "N-word" was used. Not necessarily "the N-word," but a word that might have been mistaken for it.

The two sanctioned workers told investigators the word was "niggardly." That word, meaning miserly, is of Scandinavian origin and has nothing to do with race, says an attorney for one of the disciplined workers.

But the county sided with a substance-abuse client who took offense. He filed a complaint saying a counselor called him "n----- dumb" in a June meeting with two workers at a county rehab center.

(Excerpt) Read more at sun-sentinel.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: floriduh; hypersensitivity; language; niggardly; nword; words; workplace
John Lennon said "Woman is the..." Ah, forget it.
1 posted on 11/07/2011 9:59:41 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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2 posted on 11/07/2011 10:05:18 PM PST by South40 (To Tear Down Herman Cain is to aid Mitt Romney)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Some of my best friends are niggardly.


3 posted on 11/07/2011 10:06:24 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
In other news, white folks are up in arms because a black waiter, serving soup to a table of whites, offered one of the men a small soup biscuit, saying, "And you... cracker?"

The world has gone mad.

4 posted on 11/07/2011 10:16:54 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

5 posted on 11/07/2011 10:22:29 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: ConservativeStatement
Conservatives hope people are smart, but Liberals know people are stupid.

Remember, it's your fault when someone else is ignorant.

This country is soooo screwed.

6 posted on 11/07/2011 10:33:26 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Black holes are racist too.


7 posted on 11/07/2011 10:44:42 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: dayglored
The world has gone mad.

Yes, apparently. But don't forget, the devil will use your own morality against you.

8 posted on 11/07/2011 10:50:12 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: South40

His first name is Niger; MSNBC misspelled it.


9 posted on 11/07/2011 10:59:21 PM PST by Tax Government (Raise Cain over Obama. Herman Cain, that is...)
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To: Tax Government
Hmmm.
All agencies that have to deal with the illiterate of a certain subculture must learn ebonics?

The real "N" word is prominent in ebonics, too.

Maybe the PC bureaucrats need to compile a list of English words forbidden in a business environment?

We can call it Kindergarten English.

10 posted on 11/07/2011 11:12:41 PM PST by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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To: Tax Government
His first name is Niger; MSNBC misspelled it.

Using the Left's zero tolerance policy towards use "of the -N- word" it doesn't matter if it was misspelled or not.

11 posted on 11/08/2011 12:46:39 AM PST by VeniVidiVici ("Si, se gimme!")
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To: Tax Government
His first name is Niger; MSNBC misspelled it.

Using the Left's zero tolerance policy towards use "of the -N- word" it doesn't matter if it was misspelled or not.

12 posted on 11/08/2011 12:46:55 AM PST by VeniVidiVici ("Si, se gimme!")
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To: Tax Government
His first name is Niger; MSNBC misspelled it.

On purpose.

13 posted on 11/08/2011 12:58:56 AM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: Tax Government
His first name is Niger

Nigel I think.
Well, regardless, a federal investigation is warranted.

14 posted on 11/08/2011 2:19:57 AM PST by stormhill
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To: stormhill

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niger_Innis

Niger is, of course, Latin for “black,” which seems appropriate.

These incidents of the use of “niggardly” seem odd. It’s pretty much an archaic word, used almost never in normal speech and even rare in books.


15 posted on 11/08/2011 3:11:11 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: ConservativeStatement
He filed a complaint saying a counselor called him "n----- dumb" in a June meeting...

Niggardly dumb? That makes no sense.

Someone is lying.

16 posted on 11/08/2011 3:25:11 AM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Fresh Wind
Niggardly dumb? That makes no sense.

I agree. Makes no sense, and if this is the context in which the word was used, he should've been fired. To turn a non-racial word into an offensive use of the word because he thought he COULD, is beyond dumb on his part. IF that is what happened.

17 posted on 11/08/2011 3:33:29 AM PST by EnquiringMind
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To: ConservativeStatement

Call someone colored and see what happens.

Yes we have The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

I once had a white co-worker who was from South Africa. He used to tell everyone he was African-American. LOL!


18 posted on 11/08/2011 4:09:30 AM PST by TSgt (whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive...it is the Right of the People to abolish it.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I think it depends on usage.

For example, if you were to say, “Zero is niggardly,” then it is a perfectly acceptable word.


19 posted on 11/08/2011 4:12:26 AM PST by Do Be (The heart is smarter than the head.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
On Aug. 15, the county fired counseling supervisor Eron Tworetzky, a 13-year employee at the Broward Addiction Recovery Center (BARC), for uttering the offensive comments. His co-worker, Gail Suskind-Assidon, was suspended a week without pay for failing to immediately report the incident to her superiors.

The workers are appealing, and the matter might be headed to arbitration.

"It's Kafkaesque," said Sam Fields, Suskind-Assidon's attorney. "How is she supposed to report something that isn't an offense?"

Tworetzky disputes the county report, but declined further comment.

Suskind-Assidon and Fields said that at an appeals hearing last week, county official Tom Hutka said "niggardly" was a word that could be misconstrued and he "wouldn't use it."

As a writer, I'd never use it either. Given its similarity to the combustible N-word, it could only lead to confusion and problems. But making it a firing offense seems over the top.

Suskind-Assidon said she called Tworetzky into the meeting with the substance-abuse client after she sensed the client was "holding back" in his recovery efforts.

According to Suskind-Assidon, Tworetzky told the client he was being "niggardly" about opening up. The client took offense. She said Tworetzky explained it and they later looked it up in the dictionary.

It's not a word I use in every day conversation, but my name is not "Eron Tworetzky", either.

20 posted on 11/08/2011 4:12:59 AM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: ConservativeStatement

My eighth-grade English teacher, Ms. Porges, was reprimanded for using the word “niggardly” in class. That was 27 years ago.


21 posted on 11/08/2011 4:20:56 AM PST by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: stormhill

http://www.core-online.org/Staff/niger.htm


22 posted on 11/08/2011 4:34:04 AM PST by Tax Government (Raise Cain over Obama. Herman Cain, that is...)
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To: RightFighter

I will continue the use of the word niggardly to mean miserly, just as I continue the use of the word gay to mean
cheery, and queer to mean odd. I refuse to relegate my vocabulary to those who would wish to change it.


23 posted on 11/08/2011 4:41:54 AM PST by Fireone (Heating the tar and readying the feathers.)
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To: Fireone
I refuse to relegate my vocabulary to those who would wish to change it.

You mean "relinquish"? A bit like Rahm talking about people who are "perpetuating" crimes.
24 posted on 11/08/2011 4:47:05 AM PST by aruanan
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To: ConservativeStatement

Someone is getting fired because a drug-addled “client” is so illiterate that he or she can’t understand standard English?


25 posted on 11/08/2011 4:51:48 AM PST by aruanan
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To: aruanan; Fireone
"I refuse to relegate my vocabulary to those who would wish to change it."
"You mean "relinquish"? A bit like Rahm talking about people who are "perpetuating" crimes."

Especially to people who favor the word "relinquish".

I thought perhaps "surrender" would have been less awkward. Although it could be a portmanteau of "relinquish" and "delegate", a "new" word that just happened, in this case, to already possess its own definition.

26 posted on 11/08/2011 4:55:59 AM PST by The Theophilus (Obama's Key to win 2012: Ban Haloperidol)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Not the first time this has happened

http://articles.cnn.com/1999-02-04/us/9902_04_dc.word.flap_1_racial-epithet-marion-barry-barry-administration?_s=PM:US


27 posted on 11/08/2011 4:58:29 AM PST by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: The Theophilus
"I refuse to relegate my vocabulary to those who would wish to change it."

Especially to people who favor the word "relinquish".

I thought perhaps "surrender" would have been less awkward.


"Relegate" could never have been confused for "surrender."
28 posted on 11/08/2011 6:12:30 AM PST by aruanan
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To: Fresh Wind
Niggardly dumb? That makes no sense.

I thought the same thing.

He said 'He filed a complaint saying a counselor called him "n---- dumb"...' Two adjectives might work with different punctuation: "n----, dumb". Niggardly is an adjective. The racial insult is a noun. In the phrase above are two adjectives not an adjective+noun. (Note that no one uses the so-called insult: noun+adjective. It is "dumb n----".)

Someone is lying. It sounds like the one who is reporting the insult.

29 posted on 11/08/2011 6:21:02 AM PST by nonsporting
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To: ConservativeStatement
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30 posted on 11/08/2011 7:21:31 AM PST by Clint N. Suhks (You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich: Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Tax Government
His first name is Niger; MSNBC misspelled it.

I know who Niger Innis is. But thanks.

31 posted on 11/08/2011 7:42:21 AM PST by South40 (To Tear Down Herman Cain is to aid Mitt Romney)
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To: aruanan

Relinquish would work, but I like relegate here...to diminish or assign to a lower level.
Our language has certainly been diminished over the last 50 years!
With all the repeat offenders in Chicago, maybe Rahm is correct with “perpetuate crimes”! Ha!


32 posted on 11/08/2011 10:35:50 AM PST by Fireone (Heating the tar and readying the feathers.)
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