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Re: The Bogan Commentaries

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Sunday, May 28, 2000, 0:43
Danny Wier scripsit:

> Mick is a pejorative term for an Irish-American, from the name Michael.
I understand that "mick" is more acceptable in the, er, British Isles than in North America.
> Dego is for an Italian-American, > and it came from the name Diego, supposedly. (But isn't that more Spanish?)
Ray Brown said that "dago" for "Spaniard" is still current in the U.K.; the shift from Spanish to Italian probably happened only in the New World.
> And in Russian, there's an old expression that translates to something like > this: "here's Yuri and Grandma for you".
"When Russians start to mention grandmothers, all hell is breaking loose." -- I forget, maybe Harry Turtledove? -- John Cowan Yes, I know the message date is bogus. I can't help it. --me, on far too many occasions