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There is a new bad word

I have a friend that I grew up with. We were the type of friends that did everything together. We played on the same baseball and football teams, learned to swim together, joined Boy Scouts together, attended school together. We lived right across the street form each other so we were at each others homes daily most of our young lives. Like typical boys, we were always trying to outdo each other.

My buddy seemed to always outdo me. In Judo he achieved a higher belt.  He got higher grades, he ran faster, hit more balls,etc. We both played college football (different schools) and he rushed for more yardage. He went to a D-2 school and I a D-3. He makes more money than I do now. I think my wife is prettier but that is up for disagreement.

We still remain very close. Although we live a thousand miles apart, we talk frequently and along with our wives, are Godparents to each others kids. Now for the meat of the story.

My friend is black. I think we have talked about our races probably 3 times in our lives. If that. But I am bringing it up here to make a point. We both have teenage sons. All of our kids attend private schools. Good academic schools where hard work is encouraged. My buddies son has a few black friends at his school. They call each other the "N" word as a greeting. This drives my friend and his wife nuts. He and his wife thought they would avoid that type of behavior at private Christian schools. We were all brought up not using that type of word and obviously do not like hearing it.

I spoke to him on the phone yesterday. I told him the "N" word is OK now. There is a new deragatory term for blacks. I made him laugh his rear end off. I told him to beware of bigots calling him a lemming.

Comment balloon 15 commentsKevin Robinson • May 26 2008 10:36AM

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That's funny Kevin! Thanks for the morning laugh. I'd tell your friend he needs to go and "lemming-slap" his son!

Posted by Simon Conway (Orlando Area Real Estate Services) about 10 years ago

Kevin ~ You are too much my friend. That word will go down in Active Rain history. Infamous

Posted by Broker Nick, Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service (South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Kevin- That is really to much, Its nice to see some people still have a sense of humor

Posted by Hugh Krone, Realtor, Sussex County NJ (Weichert Referral Associates) about 10 years ago

Hugh the whole thing is just so absurd. The "n" word has been debased again. Our sensitivity is so high to false insults that when we get to the real ones, no one can get worked up about them.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer about 10 years ago

I have been gone for a while. What is going on with the lemming issue? I better start reading.

Posted by Ben Dinster (Top Flight Inspections) about 10 years ago

Lemmings Freeapplause

 

Ben - we would tell you, but we would risk being voted off the island. 

Bravo, Kevin - great story

Posted by Ted Baker, MidFloridaMediation.com (Carmody and Associates LLC) about 10 years ago

Kevin: Keep the sense of humor.  It's so important.  I agree with you about our sensitivities being out of whack.  We look for reasons to be outraged.  Reasons to be insulted.  It's pathetic.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 10 years ago

Good one Kevin. You really made me ROFLMAO!

We DO need our sense of humor right now. WE all need to laugh right now to keep from crying in most cases or saying LOTS OF REALLY BAD words!

Posted by Kathy Fisher, Realtor Wise County Texas (Parker Properties) about 10 years ago

Kevin- That was good, nice to have a lifelong friend like that.

Posted by Delaware Junk Removal Residential And Commercial Hauling Clean Outs, Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics (Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186) about 10 years ago

Does anyone have a good recipe for lemming pie?  I've been looking for a week and can't find one.

Posted by Mike Postell (Real Living Realty Services) about 10 years ago

lol. That's funny.

I can't stand that word. My son is a varsity football player at his high school and I don't think he has any "white" friends. Most of the players are black. It's just a fact. I often give his friends a ride home after practice and I have heard that word and it makes me cringe. I don't understand why they use it so much unless it is a way of giving it less power. As if for them to use it on each other takes away the sting of someone else using it. I personally don't think it is right for anyone to use it.

I know women who use the B**ch word way to much. They don't mind calling each other a B**ch but don't let a guy call one that...uh uh, ain't happening. So stupid.

Posted by Cheri Smith, Realtor Prudential Gary Greene (Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX) about 10 years ago

Cheri, apparently it is not that bad of a word when compared to the "L" word.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer about 10 years ago

Kevin- The L word?  Would that be "liberal"?

 

Posted by Delaware Junk Removal Residential And Commercial Hauling Clean Outs, Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics (Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186) about 10 years ago

Could be!

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer about 10 years ago

Lemming pie? That is a good one. That should be both tangy and sweet? Bitter sweet that is.

Posted by Broker Nick, Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service (South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc.) about 10 years ago

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