Date: Wed, 11 Oct 1995 21:40:01 -0400

From: Seth Sklarey crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IPOF.FLA.NET

Subject: Re: the dictionary of stereotypes

African Queen (female who looks good), African King

(a male who looks good)

On Fri, 6 Oct 1995, Anton Sherwood wrote:


Subject: Request for ethnic terms

There is a "linguistics" issue which readers of this discussion group

could probably help me with. I'm writing a dictionary and some papers

on the lexicalization of ethnic expressions. I began working on this

14 years ago. I've been collecting some ethnic expressions such as

Mexican Standoff, Dutch Courage, Chinese Firedrill, French Fries,

Swedish Ivy, etc.

I have a large number of these words and phrases (450pp single-spaced)

but the number of languages is small relative to the number of major

languages (approx. 6500) spoken in the world today.

If you or friends and colleagues who are native speakers of or

specialists in various languages can think of any, I'd appreciate a

list of these.

French kiss, Cuban coffee, Scotch Ice, Jewish lightning (insurance fire),

Canadian sunset, Russian hands & _______?, Japanese motorcycle boots (zori's),

Syrian bread, French bread, Montezuma's revenge, Turkish coffee, Mongolian

idiot, a Danish, Swedish massage, Irish coffee, Siamese twin (Thailandian

twin just doesn't cut it).

One night in a whimsical mood we decided to run through the alphabet with

euphemisms for animal dung, animal by animal, beginning with ape accident

and ending with zebra zippydeedoo. Its fun for a party.

Seth Sklarey

Wittgenstein School of the Unwritten Word

Coconut Grove, FL