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Re: CHAT: Self-Use of Ethnic Insults

From:Padraic Brown <pbrown@...>
Date:Monday, January 17, 2000, 17:36
On Mon, 17 Jan 2000, Daniel Seriff wrote:

>Jeffrey Henning wrote: > >> 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? > >As a musician and a Jew (hee, hee), I don't find "Jew's harp" an >offensive title. I have no idea why it's called a jew's harp, tho. Most >people call it a "mouth harp" nowadays.
I've always known it as a jaw harp. Alas I don't know which came first (jaw or jew); nor whether "jews harp" even has anything to do with Jews. Padraic.
> >-- >Dan Seriff <microtonal@...> > >"Mozart is just God's way of making the rest of us feel inferior." > - David Barber >