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Old 07-29-2013, 12:34 AM   #9481
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I don't use the term Eskimo, preferring Inuit.
If I explain to people that it not considered polite they get a bit huffy and start muttering about "PC gone mad" under their breaths. But why use a word if you know it causes offence?
How often do you actually use the term Inuit? Just curious, like.

I've met a few part-Eskimos, but never a part-Inuit. Well never one that introduced themselves as such, anyway.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:40 AM   #9482
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For some reason, the fact that they're 'not really Eskimos but rather Inuit' has properly taken hold over here. Using the word Eskimo instead of Inuit kind of marks someone out as being a bit old fashioned and unaware.

I have no idea why this is, given we're not exactly overflowing with people of Inuit descent, but I would feel slightly uncomfortable with the word Eskimo. It may be to do with the growing cultural awareness of our imperialist past.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:16 AM   #9483
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From Big Sarge's wallet to British Imperialism as it relates to Eskimo in less than 20 posts ...
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:48 AM   #9484
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How often do you actually use the term Inuit? Just curious, like.

I've met a few part-Eskimos, but never a part-Inuit. Well never one that introduced themselves as such, anyway.
I very nearly wrote, "Not that I've met any"!
Perhaps it's because of a history of British Polar expeditions...?
Although my interest lies more in the uninhabited Antarctic.

I'd be stumped as to whether Pygmy is cuturally acceptable for example, because it's not something I have read up on..
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:30 PM   #9485
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I'd be stumped as to whether Pygmy is culturally acceptable for example, because it's not something I have read up on..
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Old 07-30-2013, 05:00 AM   #9486
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Although the "up" wasn't intentional.
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:36 PM   #9487
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Canadians only use the term Inuit or Inuktitut because the Canadian indigenous arctic peoples all fall within that group. I gather that Americans use the term 'Eskimo' because the Yupik, who are one of the indigenous groups in Alaska, don't identify as Inuit. The broader term is therefore used.
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:05 PM   #9488
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Heh... You give us waaaay too much credit, ortho. I don't know a single American who knows those tribal nuances, or even that there's anything other than Inuit. We say "Eskimo" because that's what our parents and grandparents said.

Meanwhile, my kids have to keep reminding me that their seated position is called "criss cross applesauce," not "Indian style." Someday I will be their old racist relative, and they'll apologize for me by saying, "she grew up in a different world, you know?"
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:16 PM   #9489
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hehehe. We all end up out of date eventually:P

I still occasionally have to stop myself saying 'halfcaste' instead of mixed race, because that's what we said when I was growing up.

Likewise 'gypped' for ripped off, which I still use sometimes without thinking.
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:30 PM   #9490
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Now if we can get those Hispanics and Latinos to stop calling us "Gringos"
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:39 PM   #9491
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hehehehehe. Indeed.
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:46 PM   #9492
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Meanwhile, my kids have to keep reminding me that their seated position is called "criss cross applesauce," not "Indian style."
For real??

Well, I understand phasing out "Indian style", but what's wrong with "cross-legged"? Why not "lotus position". (Hm, actually, I can see why not, because yoga = SATANISM ... In some states.)

But ... "applesauce"? Uh?
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:05 PM   #9493
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But ... "applesauce"? Uh?
Because it's a more acceptable rhyme for kids than: "Criss, Cross, Show your moss"
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:10 PM   #9494
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I wasn't sure what thread to put this in, mainly because I'm half pissed off and half upset. Not sure if I'm sliding into a depression or what, but I just don't feel good about anything much lately. I'm irritated with my husband. He just doesn't seem to get that he's required to actually participate in the family that he wanted to have. Also, that I need some time to myself now and then, and a bit more often than one night out with friends in about 6 months. I'm am tired and worn out. I've been pretty sick for ages and I am not getting the support I need.

I'm just sick and tired of pretty much everything right now. Life is not good.

eta: You don't have to say anything. I just need to vent a bit or I'm going to go ape shit on someone soon.
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:21 PM   #9495
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I can relate-my husband works for 'the phone company' and works 6, 8 days in a row with 1 off. I've had to do all the yard work and house work by myself, plus meals, groceries etc. I'm glad its summer, or I'd be in a depression also. When he's off he's in bed, or running around to the bank doing his own business. There's lots of stress there because we don't get to sit down together and talk, or have a meal because he's on the road. I try and see the good in all this; I can do what I want when I want to do it, I can eat kd whenever, play the stereo full blast, talk on the phone with my friends for hours, take a nap without being disturbed. Yet it does get lonely having only the 2 cats to talk to.
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