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Emboldened by its decision to outlaw the "N-word," the New York City Council is now setting its sights on another slur: bitch. According to The New York Times, this latest semantic crusade, headed up by Brooklyn Councilwoman Darlene Mealy, is drawing supporters who think the word falls squarely within the bounds of hate speech. Detractors believe it can be used with benign -- even affectionate -- inflections.

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