From: "Trevor Wilson"
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Subject: Re: The need for a well rounded education
Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2002 19:30:31 +1100
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"Spehro Pefhany" wrote in message
> On Fri, 20 Dec 2002 10:25:55 +1100, the renowned "Trevor Wilson"
> >> (Well, he shouldn't post about 'bloody Poms!)
> >**Why not?
> Because it's a derogatory racist term, with an offensive
> intensifier, and there is no place for that here.
> I don't think it should be any more acceptable because it's
> aimed at "Poms" rather than at another minority.
**I had no idea Englishmen were so concerned about the term. Most, I've
spoken to, are not bothered by it. However, I can understand your feelings,
though I am immune to most of the Aussie barbs, which abound these parts.
> IOW: knock it off, it's not funny and it's not cute.
**When I have used the term, I have done so, simply because there is less
typing involved and, I suspect, it confuses Americans (and that can't be a
bad thing, nor all that difficult, for that matter). For my part, I have
never used it in a derogatory sense, unless it is deserved. The term: 'Pommy
bastard', f'rinstance, is actually one of endearment, not scorn.