Re: Amerind an offensive term (was: Early Amerind assimilation
Stephen Barnard (email@example.com)
Fri, 09 Aug 1996 18:21:11 -0800
Eric Brunner wrote:
> Stephen Barnard (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
> : Joel and Lynn Gazis-Sax wrote:
> : >
> : > The point that this so-called
> : > anthropologist cannot understand is that the offensiveness of a term
> : > is a matter for the recipient to decide. You are allowed one mistake
> : > in polite circles, but after you are informed it is offensive, you
> : > have no further excuse.
> : >
> : The problem that arises is when the intersection of the sets of
> : permissible terms, gathered over all the interested parties, is the null
> : set.
> The utility of purpose of the grand unification of nomenclature is exactly
> what again please?
> : Steve Barnard
> Eric Brunner
The utility is to have a term to use that doesn't offend anyone.