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More on Rules of Discourse

To the editors: Mr. DuBrul, in his November 18th letter, obviously read my October 7th letter on differences in black and white use of generalizations through his own special filter. What I said in my October 7th letter was that blacks and whites have different discourse rules (or standards) governing the use of generalizations (of […]

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How the Honky Got Its Name

To the editors: Cecil Adams’ source for the origin of “honky” (from bohunk and hunky) only gave him half the story [October 21]. Another probable etymon for “honky,” cited by David Dalby in his “African Element in American English” (to be found in my edited collection Rappin’ and Stylin’ Out: Communication in Urban Black America) […]

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Rules of Discourse

To the editors. Jeff Bloom’s logic in his letter “Stereotyping Honkies” (Chicago Reader, September 16, 1988) is based upon the assumption that the rules of discourse governing generalizations are culturally the same for blacks as they are for whites. They are not. As Bloom illustrates with almost all his examples, he takes black generalizations about […]