There are a few taboo words in American English, but it would not be all that unusual to hear one of them around the office or on the street. There is one word, however, that it would be extremely unusual to hear, and that word is “nigger.” I do not know of any stronger verbal taboo in American English than the “N” word. One just cannot say it in conversation without receiving universal condemnation.
I think it is the frustration over not being able to say or write this word directed at Barack Obama that leads to the incredible and outlandish things that are said about him, words such as: communist, usurper, murderer, criminal, long legged mack daddy [super pimp] and traitor (not to mention things said about his family). There seems to be a kind of glee in some of the awful things I have read among the fringe Obama opposition; it is as if some long-bottled emotion suddenly found expression. The emotion is racial hatred and the expression is total and utter disrespect. As far as I’m concerned, they should just call the president a nigger and be done with it. It wouldn’t lower my respect for them any farther than it already is.
[The title of this article is a reference to “The sheriff is a ni–”” scene from the movie Blazing Saddles.]