[Ads-l] banana (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mark Mandel markamandel at GMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 31 03:33:55 UTC 2019

As Lawrence said:

>More offensive for people than for inanimate objects.


On Wed, Oct 30, 2019, 8:04 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> How about "oriental rug"?
> Or is it saved by lower case?
> ISTR that "Oriental" was being condemned in the early '70s, when I was in
> college.  It was around the time of "banana."
> In any case, Edward Said's _Orientalism_ (1978) was the biggest nail in the
> coffin and lexical re-orientation was de rigueur.
>  For people with degrees anyhow.

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