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Re: Racist Slang
Benjamin Weste Pearre wrote:
> > About a year and a half ago, the QList decided it would be
> > better if contributors did not use racist slang terms such
> > as "Jap."
> Oh jeez. Calling Japanese "Japs" is much like calling citizens of the
> United States of America "Americans".
A closer analogy would be "Yanks", or "bl**y Yanks", as the
Limeys might say. Or "Chinks".
Point is, these are indeed derogatory (to greater or lesser
degrees) appellations dating back (at least) to WWII. I cannot
think of a statement in which "Jap" would be used with a
*positive* connotation, unless it's in self-deprecatory
humor. Indeed, in this thread, it has been used exclusively
in criticism of Japanese engineering.
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