Appearing on MSNBC’s 'The Dylan Ratigan Show' on Thursday, Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown used the word "niggardly" to describe how some in Congress are acting towards veterans (video below).
Brown said: “Of course we’re falling short. There are people, as you know Matt, in this Congress who will always send a blank check when it comes to spending money on defense or war, but are a little more niggardly, if you will, on spending money on the actual veterans when they come home. And that means we don’t greet them well enough in terms of getting them the right testing when they’re back in Conshocken, Cleveland or Lime, Ohio.”
The word niggardly is defined as "not generous or stingy," however, some people have been reprimanded for using it because of racial overtones.
In 2002, teacher Stephanie Bell got into trouble for saying "niggardly" in the classroom, and, in 1999, Washington D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams fired (and later rehired) one of his aides for using the word.