(Heron @ 07 Jan. 2005, 04:58)
Originally Posted by Phil,07 Jan. 2005, 04:22
Using the excuse that in Canada that what you call "jackass" type guys is kind of a silly excuse. PHV, Im sure you meant nothing by it, but I am telling you that its pretty offensive.
I can assure you it's not a Canada thing - it's a derogatory phrase - period.
Absolutely incorrect. Any person around here who dresses with a popped collar, an $80 vintage t-shirt, puma's, and one of those rediculous faux hawks (or a vondutch hat worn slightly to the side) will quite readily be called a gino. Whether they are Italian, Arab, French Canadian or what have you. In fact the most common perpatrators are Americans comming here over the weekend. I meant absolutely nothing racist by it. It is a look. Just like the "All American Jackass". Again, I see no one getting up in arms about something that could clearly be taken as a racial slur against Americans. Or how about the word "Chav", slung about like a common word on this board. It is refering to a lower white class, and is in itself very derogatory. So don't give me all this hoopla. About the jacket, I still maintain that it is something like Etro. The most sought after brand of the type of person I have been describing.
Um, I assume "˜chav' stands for Charvet, correct? If so, it would hardly be a derogatory term. There is a distinction between calling a particular person(s) for what ever reason a derogatory term and shortening the name of a brand to facilitate typing. Thus, you get RLPL (Ralph Lauren Purple Label) H&K (Hilditch & Key) and T&A (Turnbull & Asser). Alas, if your argument held water with the other members of the forum, the use of T&A, which can be interpreted as Tits and Ass would have long banished from the forum. Jon.