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I decided to write a short story on my life with bipolar disorder, but as fiction. Gotta write what you know, you know?

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Posted by gballsout on 23 September 2005 - 12:56pm
Middle class white girls who

Middle class white girls who casually use pimp as a verb are so much cooler than middle class white boys who casually call each other niggers.

Keep keepin' it real, homegirl.

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Posted by jj (not verified) on 27 September 2005 - 2:42pm
heh---keeping it real...

I resent being called middle class. Poor white trash? Now that's keeping it real. ;-)

But *pimping* (as a verb) crossed into the venacular a long time before MTV started using it and is popular language. Nigga isn't in Websters, but pimp is in my 15 year old copy. It's reached the level of the word "cool" or the *high/gimme-five*, which weren't *white* expressions. And *pimping* was never soley an African-american word. Whites and Latinos also engaged in it as a a term for sex, erm, liasons (go-betweens). I'd never use "nigga" if that makes you feel any better.

As distasteful as using a word like "nigga" by white suburban or black urbans, for that matter, might be for you or I, this is how our language evolves. Words get picked up from other cultures, even cultures that exist in the mostly white world of the US.

Frankly, it makes me crazy when my Latino neighbors and co-workers call me: Mami. Makes me want to pound the shit out of them every time. But it's cultural and I try really hard to keep that in mind.

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Posted by gballsout on 28 September 2005 - 2:20am