"ese" suffix insulting/racist?

David Colburn colburn at PEOPLEPC.COM
Tue Apr 8 19:09:51 UTC 2003

Isn't "piemontese" just taken straight from the Italian?

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> Did anyone mention the fact that Milton used the term "Piemontese" in a
> sonnet (1655) that decries the massacre of some Italian protestants by
> "bloody Piemontese, that roll'd / Mother with infant down the rocks."
> Clearly, Milton didn't think much of these folks whom he -esed. Don't
> though, if he'd have written "Piemonters" if he'd liked them.

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