Re: Amerind an offensive term (was: Early Amerind assimilation

Susan (
5 Aug 1996 20:04:32 GMT

"Stephen W. Russell" <> wrote:
>On 4 Aug 1996 wrote:
Context is everything, and I know better than to
>call an Irishman English.
>Steve Russell

As you say, context is everything. One of my favorite examples came from
Richard Harris, the actor. He once told a story about getting a
prestigious acting award. The headline in the next day's paper read
"British actor gets award." That evening, he had too much to drink, and
got into a fist fight. The subsequent headline read "Irish actor in bar
brawl." That's also for those of you who don't think language conveys
hidden (and in this case not so hidden) messages!




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