Date: Wed, 11 Oct 1995 21:40:01 -0400 From: Seth Sklarey 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: > >> > From: vitale[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] >> > 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