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Re: Decorum needs to be raised. [Way OT]



John Summerfield wrote:
>Dean Messing wrote:
>> Ya learn something every day.  As I've never heard of "skint" I see
>> from google that it's British slang. I'm guessing that it derives from
>> "skin flint" which, in America anyway, can be insulting (depending, of
>
>More likely, I think, from skinned.

Of course.  I forgot (and I shd. know!)
the old past-tense inflection, "t" as in "lernt".


>> course on one's tone of voice, &c.)
>> 
>>> You reminded me of a chap over east who wants Coon cheese renamed. 
>>> Reckons it's offensive. Ditto the E. S. Nigger Brown Stand.
>> 
>> The first time my Father-in-Law (who is Chinese) visited us I chucked
>> at the brand of toothpaste he brought with him: "Darkie" with a
>> picture of a smiling white-toothed black man on it.  I see at
>> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlie> that Political Correctness has
>> struck down even this.
>> 
>> And then there's David Howard, the head of the Office of Public
>> Advocate in Washington D.C. in the late 90's, who dared to use the
>> word "niggardly" while discussing the budget with city employees.
>> Within days Howard was forced to publicly apologise and resign because
>> of such a "racially insensitive" remark.
>
>I had heard of that. Americans might be offended at my thoughts at the 
>time:-)
>
>_I_ think he should have challenged his detractors' command of American 
>English and referred reporters to Webster.

Googling around a bit, I found this:

<http://www.jewishworldreview.com/tony/snow020199.asp>

The 7th paragraph expresses your probable thoughts quite eloquently.

Dean


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