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Niggardly Ends Up In Court

Updated on July 2, 2010

An old word with a bad-ass brother

Ooops. The dreaded "N" word. There is nigger and there is niggardly. The former is off limits to say in public unless you are a rapper, a black African american (there are white Africans, you know) directing it another. Then, we have the other N word, niggardly. This word is from many ages ago, not common now, used in old classic novels of English descent and has no relation to the former N word.

The former is slang, derogatory, but it does depend how it is used and in what context. For instance, one of John Lennon's post Beatle single was, Woman is the Nigger of the World. The single flopped, yet there was not one lawsuit about its use and this was 1971 or so. In 2009, a teacher in Mendocino County, California (known for its liberalness and pot growing farms) wrote a letter to the school board and used the word niggardly to describe union negotiations. The school board then called him "racist" and damaged his reputation forcing him to resign. The teacher filed a defamation lawsuit.

The teacher used the correct word to describe the miserly and stingy actions of the school board in their labor negotiations. The funny thing is, this so called school board of educated people are so illiterate they do not even know what "niggardly" means!

The judge tossed out the case stating that simply calling someone a racist for using niggardly does not constitute defamation, but the school board should get a dictionary and look the word up before calling anyone a racist for using it.

One can conjure up funny situations in real life with the word niggardly around those who have no clue what it means, especially with homey's back in da hood.

Example: Two black dudes fighting over stash.  

Dude 1: This is my stash you MF!

Dude 2: Quit being so niggardly, damn.

Dude 1: You callin me a nigger?  

Dude 2: Say what? Who called you a nigger?

 Dude1: You did, said I was niggardly.  

Dude 2: So wat. You are.

Dude 1: Why you callin me a nigger?  

Dude 2: Are you freaking crazy. I said niggardly. You are being niggardly about the stash.  

Dude1: Quit calling me a nigger!


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    • OpinionDuck profile image

      OpinionDuck 7 years ago


      The N is for National

      but the CP is for Colored People

      Maybe it should be changed to NAAAA or N4A



    • perrya profile image

      perrya 7 years ago

      Go figure!

    • getitrite profile image

      getitrite 7 years ago

      One of my white colleagues once called me an enigma. A black lady sitting near-by looked at him with raised eyebrows. It didn't dawn on me, until later, that the word e-NIG-ma sounded disparaging to someone not knowing its meaning.