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CHAT: Self-Use of Ethnic Insults

From:Jeffrey Henning <jeffrey@...>
Date:Monday, January 17, 2000, 2:17
> > >I had *no idea* there was anything negative attached to the word > > _Jew_ in English,
I often heard "Jew's harp" as a child. It's "a small instrument consisting of a lyre-shaped metal frame that is held between the teeth and a projecting steel tongue that is plucked to produce a soft, twanging sound." [AHED] One of my next-door neighbors, a surrogate grandfather to me, played it. As an adult, I've assumed it was offensive, but maybe that's because "Jew" alone is so often seen as offensive. My dictionary doesn't list it as vulgar -- is it? Best regards, Jeffrey Henning - Invent Your Own Language "If Bill Gates had a nickel for every time Windows crashed.... Oh, wait, he does!"