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The so-called "n-word" is the most powerful word in the English language -- evidenced by the fact that the editors of this newspaper, which occasionally prints the word "fuck," have deemed it unfit to spell it out in this case.
But somehow the hip-hop-inflected "nigga" has become slightly less potent -- not necessarily a racial epithet, if you ask some younger Americans, so much as a way of saying "dude." For the record, the NAACP doesn't agree, condemning both usages.
Which brings us to the L.A. Clippers, who are off to a respectable 10-5 start while carrying the burden of too-great expectations and crazy championship dreams. But they already lead the league in one key category -- igniting national conversations over taboo topics like the proper use of "nigga."More »