"ese" suffix insulting/racist?

Dave Hause dwhause at JOBE.NET
Wed Apr 9 02:34:13 UTC 2003

Midwest (Illinois) out of rural Pennsylvania parents, Chinese and Japanese
have the /z/ while Portugese has the /s/.
Dave Hause, dwhause at jobe.net
Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
----- Original Message -----
From: "Douglas G. Wilson" <douglas at NB.NET>

I never thought about it either: I would say only "-eze" in these words.
OED likes my /z/; my other dictionaries seem to allow both /s/ and /z/. Now
that I think of it I have heard "Portuguese" with /s/, and I suppose I must
have heard "Chinese" so too but I didn't notice it.

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