Weekend All Things Considered (NPR), “History Of A Deeply Complex Word: The Many Meanings Of ‘Mistress'”

August 22, 2015

Interview on NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered about the controversial appearance of “slave mistress” in the New York Times obituary for civil rights leader Julian Bond. (Aug. 22, 2015)

The New York Times apologized this week for using the term “mistress” to describe the great-grandmother of the late Julian Bond. Linguist Ben Zimmer explains the controversy surrounding the word.

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