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When I first came to the United States of America I knew very few words in English and I could barely speak or write I used words as they would arrive to my mind without giving it too much though as long as people around me understood enough for me get by I remember using the word nigger when I had to speak of Black people because the dictionary denotation of this word is which is the definition for a Black person in my native language Surprisingly enough I never had any sort of outrage or discontent from White or Black Americans instead I was corrected and advised to use other two alternatives to describe the race I realize now that I was getting away with saying things or using the words that carry taboo connotations because I wasnt fluent in English thus my ways of expressing myself were excused and forgiven by others Fifteen years later Im the same person except now Im aware of emotional meaning of English words and more mindful to use themThesis statement The connotation of words mean different things to different people but when met by kindness and forgiveness rather then anger or arrogance the meaning of word produces positive impactIn The meaning of words the author Gloria Naylor shares childhood experience between her and a classmate who used offensive word in hopes of hurting her feelings because she just happened to see low grade he scored on his testThe word itself had no meaning to Gloria but how it was used in the context of that specific event she knew he shouldnt have called her that word She remembered it being used many times by adults in her family but it always had innocuous meaning when used in her community As the matter of fact she remembered that it had several meanings It was often used to describe a man who had distinguished himself in some
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