Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Is it an insult to be called a Jew?

My friend (Jewish) thinks it might be. She thinks "Jewish" is more proper. I think political correctness has muddled her brain. She also thinks that Barack Obama is going to appoint the right people to office when he becomes president and they will do what he tells them to and everything will be hunky-dory, so there are definitely some synapses that are not firing.

I don't think it is an insult. Hymie is an insult. Kike is an insult. Dirty Jew is an insult. Jew is a description. I am a Jew, and I don't mind being called that.

Do Arabs mind being called Arabs? Do Muslims mind being called Muslims? How about Christians? Would they prefer to be called Christianish? Jewish is an adjective. Jew is a noun. If you don't call a Jew a Jew, what do you call him? A filthy Zionist pig?

Then there's oriental. That's a big no-no. Since oriental refers to a direction on the map, I don't see the problem. Oriental is a good word for Japanese, Chinese, Korean, etc. persons. It excludes people like Indians and Pakistanis. The term Asian describes too many people--all those Chinese, plus India, and Japan, etc.. It covers half the world.

Negro long ago bit the dust, linguistically. Calling someone colored is a worse sin than calling him a serial rapist. I'm surprised the N double A CP doesn't change its name to the N quadruple A P, but I guess they've got a lot of stationery left with the old name.

To change the topic to another linguistic problem: President Bush says that Russia's invasion of Georgia is unacceptable. Iran having their very own nukes is unacceptable. North Korea's possession of nukes must be acceptable, though, because they've got them and there's not a damn thing we can do about it, except look down our noses in disapproval.

I find unacceptable--well, not acceptable. It's not a strong enough word, especially since we are not doing a damn thing about these things except to suck them up. Unacceptable is eating mashed potatoes with your fingers, or not writing your aunt a thank-you letter. Iran, Russia, and North Korea are doing as they please and thumbing their noses at us.

The word for such actions is deplorable.

11 comments:

JC said...

There are many things in life that is unacceptable, howver we have to go with the flow and accept"SADLY"

miriam said...

It seems to me we swallow a lot, all the time grumbling that it is unacceptable.

dick stanley said...

Jew sounds good to me. Of course, Christians get to choose, i.e. Catholic, Baptist, Pentacostal, etc. BTW, can I "borrow" your Soler System art for a post on my blog? It's kewl.

creakypavillion said...

No, it's not an insult to be called either, I think (other than to a grammar purist). What an insult is to have all your actions/inactions evaluated on the basis in connection and of being a Jew.
Much talk @LJ about Georgian minister calling his rabbi in Israel (presumably, for spiritual guidance, but tongues flap->much more sinister reasons became point of speculation)

dick stanley said...

A Georgian minister has a rabbi? My, my, the Jews are making inroads. ;-)

miriam said...

Dick: He had to consult the rabbi for further instructions going forward on the Zionist conspiracy.

Tat: Yes indeed.

creakypavillion said...

...Zionist conspiracy against Mother Russia, obviously.
The consensus on the blog where I read it was that rabbi was an arms dealer. You know, those Weapons Of Mass Russian Destruction.

miriam said...

Rabbi, Arms dealer--one and the same, no?

creakypavillion said...

If you ask, you obviously have no idea how evil those Jews are!

Venomous Kate said...

Wait, I'm not supposed to eat mashed potatoes with my fingers?!

miriam said...

Kate: It is unacceptable to eat mashed potatoes with your fingers.