Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005 - 7:19 a.m.
Cost of the War in Iraq
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Terminology Takes Up All the Time
sigh. It's 7:17 and I have got to get to sleep. No I am not going to watercolor class. I DID finish most of the South Korea sketches. Just a couple real small ones to do yet cuz I don't have a clue what a "plastic pencilcase with a magnet" is. Apparently the magnet is part of the case (not a separate item), and my clients are celebrating the Lunar New Year (which apparently is different than the Chinese New Year, which is also now).
I don't have time to write a real entry. I have been having this notewriting extravaganza with someone who has gotten really really defensive. It is interesting that if I write "if it was not a nice word, then one shouldn't say it", ... well if it is NOT a not nice word, then it doesn't apply does it.
I do find it fascinating how someone can write paragraph after paragraph stating how incorrigibly horrid a group of people are, and then write "I am sure there are nice ones". Well, if you are sure there are nice ones then don't paint the whole group with a same paintbrush and say "it is like a group of paedophiles". Cuz you know what, by definition paedophiles are not nice ones. And if there are nice xxxs, perhaps you should point out "those people there" rather than saying "those xxx's there" or "stay away from xxx's".
You know what? If people pointed at me, told their kids I was akin to a paedophile, genuine scum, nasty, dirty, disgusting, etc etc, it would NOT be surprising if I was verbally abusive or threatening when people were looking at me and talking about me.
Funny how that works. Point someone out for being nasty. Then they are angry you are pointing them out. Then you point them out cuz they are angry. Vicious cycle. Yup.
Anyways, it deserves an entry with links it does. Later.
I will point out however that if it is a term that can provoke retractions and apologies in newspapers and get Sainsbury employees fired for using it, it is probably NOT a nice term to teach to children, whether the actual people are a danger or not. Most terms that are short and snappy, usually an abbreviation, and ending with a "ie" or "ey" or an "y" at the end usually aren't nice.
Try pointing at someone and saying "those yuppies are ..." whatever. See if they are nicer to you or not. And yuppies are not even normally that horrid unless you want them to move their SUV's out of your way.
Anyways, an entry on populations, stereotypes, reality based fears, terminology etc to come.
In the meantime, don't look anyone straight in the eyes unless you smile. Nicely. With a relaxed face. It is a threat, and in Regina Saskatchewan in the middle of whitebread prairie Canada, a whitebread anglophone Canadian with a real home and a car, will say "whatchalookinat? Gotaproblem?" and you are very likely to get aggressively pushed into a wall, a corner, menaced with a mean look or a fist. Just a warning.
Though I don't know any name for them. Just people. Who don't like you looking at them. Try Montreal. It's nicer. But don't call em frogs. Even if you like frogs, and drink lots of French wine.
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Goodbye Michael. May your next life be kinder to you. - Thursday, Jun. 25, 2009
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