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Re: Words

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Thursday, September 7, 2000, 5:38
At 12:18 am -0700 7/9/00, DOUGLAS KOLLER wrote:
>From: "Nik Taylor" > >> Mike Adams wrote: >> > Anyone have words that are only used by their conculture/lingo? I know >> > there is others, such as Gaijin is not used by Japanese to mean >> > Japanese, or so I believe, but it is applied to only white/europeans >> >> Gaijin means "foreigner", "gai" = "outside, foreign", "jin" = "person". > >Still, there are foreigners and then there are foreigners. Technically, a >Thai or a Chinese could be labelled "gaijin" in Japan, but the term is >normally applied to large hairy foul-smelling lumbering lummoxes with big >noses, strange, uncouth ways, and wads and wads of cash, i.e. >white/Europeans.
And what about the fair-skinned Europeans without wads & wads of cash? They're not exactly an uncommon species. When I was young "foreigner" was used much more democratically - it simply meant 'someone not born & bred in our village' irrespective or ethicity, skin color, religion, language, economic status etc etc ;) Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================