"ese" suffix insulting/racist?

Ed Keer edkeer at YAHOO.COM
Wed Apr 9 20:39:29 UTC 2003

> Larry, who's been wondering if anyone else would
> bring up the fact
> that the suffix in "Portuguese" differs from the
> others (Chinese,
> Japanese, motherese, journalese) in being optionally
> voiceless
> (rhyming with "geese" rather than "please").
> [The OED doesn't provide the "Portugueece" option,
> but I know I can get it.]
 I've heard some people use the voiceless "ese" in at
least Japanese, and perhaps some others.


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