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Old 12-10-2007, 10:54 PM
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Default Re: POLISH

My ex-mother-in-law was of Polish descent. She took great offense to being called a Polack -- felt it was for those who were either from the lower classes or Jewish from Poland. Lady, your husband was a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy. You came from one of a coal town in Pennsylvania. Seems like from her own definition, she was a Polack. OK, I'll give her that she was Catholic. (Get the feeling I did not like my former mother-in-law? 1rnfl)

I was taught that the correct term is Polish, that Polack was a pejorative. I'm German and have been called a kraut many a time.

Like Steve, I care more about your tone than your words. I won't use terms that are deemed negative to describe someone's culture. Not because it is PC per se, just because I was taught not to -- lived in too many countries to not be aware that some words are never said and tis always better to be safe than sorry.
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