[CLEAR] RE: META: "Chinese whispers"
|From:||Alistair J R Young <avatar@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, February 28, 2009, 23:51|
Peter Collier wrote:
>Trying to find an explanation for the name of the game, I found this on
>wikipedia which quite neatly sums up the differences in perception of the
>offeniveness or otherwise of the name:
>"In the United States, 'Telephone' is the most common name for the game. The
>name 'Chinese Whispers' reflects the former stereotype in Europe of the
>Chinese language as being incomprehensible. It is little-used in the United
>States and may be considered offensive. It remains the common British name
>for the game."
>It throws no light on whether that means the British are being offensive, or
>the Americans overly sensitive!
As an ex-British now-American *, I submit that the only possible answer is both!
* Note for benefit of USCIS: only permanent resident, not citizen, and I
specifically do not claim otherwise.
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