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Re: OT: [Let_It_Be_Forever_Islam] THE WORLD OF THE JINN

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Friday, October 17, 2003, 14:45
Quoting Stone Gordonssen <stonegordonssen@...>:

> > > >I thought is was usual practice to capitalize the more > >scientif[i]quesque > > > >race- > > > >labels like "Caucasoid", "Mongoloid" and "Negroid"? > > > > > > "Appelachians"? "Cajuns"? > > > >I'm afraid I'm missing the point. To my knowledge, neither of those is a > >racial > >term, while they go well enough with the long-standing tradition of > >capitalizing words refering to ethnicities and whatever the word is for > >people > >comming from an area designated with a particular toponym. > > Which was my point - the use of capitalization for an identifying label is > not based on scientific abstraction but social convention.
I never argued that it was based on scientific abstraction. By describing "Caucasoid" etc as 'scientifiquesque' I merely sought to draw attention to the fact that they belong to another, more scholarly, stylistic level than does, say, "nigger" (which is never captialized) or "black" (which is sometimes capitalized, sometimes not). Note on personal style: When an unexpected "-esque" appears on one of my adjectives, that typically indicates that it should not be interpreted entirely literally, or only in a "weak" sense. Andreas