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NEW YORK - While sorting through the perennial lip-pursing tempest about a certain word in Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" - the "N-word," as we now say it - I turned for inspiration to the master himself.

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"The difference between the almost-right word & the right word is ... the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning," Twain wrote.

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