another old-timey (double-)ethnic slur

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 14 23:06:40 UTC 2010

On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 4:49 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:

> 'm confident Larry will find not a few additional anti-Jewish slurs
> in Sayers. Â And various other English mystery writers of various periods.

And practically anywhere else. It depends on whether you want to laugh
it off as satire or not. F'rinstance, in The Family Guy, a prisoner
asks that he not be shackled to a matricide. He'd prefer that it be
anyone else, even the perpetrator of a "Jew-on-Jew business crime."
Early Kuyler, the protagonist of Squidbillies, offers to regale the
other good ol' boys with his "anti-Jew speech. Hit don't make no
sense, but it shore holds a crowd!"

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

Once that we recognize that we do not err out of laziness, stupidity,
or evil intent, we can uncumber ourselves of the impossible burden of
trying to be permanently right. We can take seriously the proposition
that we could be in error, without necessarily deeming ourselves
idiotic or unworthy.
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