Decorum needs to be raised. [Way OT]
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Wed Jan 16 01:41:16 UTC 2008
Dean S. Messing wrote:
> John Summerfield wrote:
>> Dean S. Messing wrote:
>> >> Even worse in international fora such as this, where we come from many
>> >> different cultures. I offended an American once by describing him as
>> >> penurious, but an Australian in the same financial position would most
>> >> certainly have agreed with me.
>> > Well, at least you had the good sense to not call him "niggardly". He
>> > might have thought you bigoted against black people. Is "penurious"
>> > not a pejorative in Aussie?
>> Primary meaning is synonymous with skint. Not a (brass
>> razoo|shekel|penny) to one's name.
> Ya learn something every day. As I've never heard of "skint" I see
> from google that it's British slang. I'm guessing that it derives from
> "skin flint" which, in America anyway, can be insulting (depending, of
More likely, I think, from skinned.
> course on one's tone of voice, &c.)
>> You reminded me of a chap over east who wants Coon cheese renamed.
>> Reckons it's offensive. Ditto the E. S. Nigger Brown Stand.
> The first time my Father-in-Law (who is Chinese) visited us I chucked
> at the brand of toothpaste he brought with him: "Darkie" with a
> picture of a smiling white-toothed black man on it. I see at
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlie> that Political Correctness has
> struck down even this.
> And then there's David Howard, the head of the Office of Public
> Advocate in Washington D.C. in the late 90's, who dared to use the
> word "niggardly" while discussing the budget with city employees.
> Within days Howard was forced to publicly apologise and resign because
> of such a "racially insensitive" remark.
I had heard of that. Americans might be offended at my thoughts at the
_I_ think he should have challenged his detractors' command of American
English and referred reporters to Webster.
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