From: Don Pearce
Subject: Re: The need for a well rounded education
Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2002 08:57:19 +0000
References: <email@example.com> <firstname.lastname@example.org> <email@example.com>
NNTP-Posting-Host: host217-39-125-198.in-addr.btopenworld.com (22.214.171.124)
X-Newsreader: Forte Agent 1.91/32.564
On Fri, 20 Dec 2002 19:30:31 +1100, "Trevor Wilson"
>"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.
There is no racism inherent in the term "bloody Pom" - it is just a
collection of noises. But it is usually pretty clear from the context
and manner of delivery whether racist insult was intended or not.
Mostly it isn't, but sometimes it is - and then it is legitimate to
point it out and decry the use of the term.