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Add Hillbillies to the List of Dirty Words

September 05, 1993

Although your article "When Friendship Is the Only Thing That Matters" (Aug. 24) about one man's gay World War II comrade made its anti-discrimination point beautifully, it only made more jarring the use of the word hillbillies , an outdated regional slur in the text that described the soldiers in the unit.

Appalachian inhabitants haven't been in vogue as a print-worthy cause since the '60s. Maybe it's time to reassess the sensitivity index and delete the H-word from modern newspaper usage.

CHRISTINA M. ADAMS

Manhattan Beach

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