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Re: Laws that cannot be broken

Subject: Re: Laws that cannot be broken
From: john peloquin <>
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 1996 10:54:09 -0800 (PST)

On Fri, 15 Mar 1996 wrote:

> Denise:
> in re:
> >I'm relieved to know that the term "Brit" isn't an insult.  The only other 
> >noun I know of that can be applied to an individual Brit is "limey" and I'm 
> >pretty sure that one's an insult.  I don't know why, though.
> Brit is about as insulting as Yank.  I think it's the spirit of it.
> Limey is another matter; it comes from the 18th century British navy, where
> common sailors were often referred to as limeys because of the quantity of
> lime juice they drank to ward off scurvy.  It's a derogatory term from that
> period, and it's stuck for some reason. I think it was actually the Yanks who
> coined this one, though I'm not positive. It's insulting, but something along
> the lines of calling one of your brethren from South of the Border a greaser
> or a wetback.  I understand that in return, they refer to you as Anglos,
> though I'm not certain how insulting that is ;)

Oh, that's pretty insulting! As for insulting Englishmen, referring to 
our British friends as "Tea Bags" is usually suffifient to start a fight.

John Peloquin

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