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Old 02-18-2002, 07:32 PM   #16
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Bush confused "devaluation" and "deflation" - to be sure, a potentially costly confusion - but I still think there have been far more egregious lapses in the use of language.

Unlike his predecessor, it seems clear that Bush knows the meaning of such difficult words as "is" and "alone".
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"Imports" seems a bit more problematic. Apparently "More and more of our imports are coming from overseas."

(Note: not to be taken seriously, it's a bit of fun, that's all)
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As opposed to coming from Canada or Mexico.
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Honestly, at this point, I think our best bet for an African-American president is Colin Powell. Even then, I don't know.
Is he black? He doesn't really look black to me.
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Good heavens, I said the b-word. That's frowned upon by Americans, isn't it? Sorry about that.
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Honestly, at this point, I think our best bet for an African-American president is Colin Powell. Even then, I don't know.
Is he black? He doesn't really look black to me.
Yes, he is African-American. From da Bronx I believe.

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Yes, he is African-American. From da Bronx I believe.

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Hmm...I thought he was born in Jamaica. I'm sure one of his fan club members here will clear it up.

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Hmm...I thought he was born in Jamaica. I'm sure one of his fan club members here will clear it up.

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He was born on April 5, 1937 on the Bronx to Jamaican born parents.

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Is he black? He doesn't really look black to me.
That's in his favor, trust me. Sad but true. It's an "inter" and "intra" racial phenomenon. Lighter skinned folks are favored over darker skinned ones.

And by the way, it's acceptable to use the term "black." I was admonished by a couple of my black friends for using the term "African American," which they didn't care for at all. They consider themselves black Americans. (Though I'm sure there are those who prefer the term African American).
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That's in his favor, trust me. Sad but true. It's an "inter" and "intra" racial phenomenon. Lighter skinned folks are favored over darker skinned ones.

And by the way, it's acceptable to use the term "black." I was admonished by a couple of my black friends for using the term "African American," which they didn't care for at all. They consider themselves black Americans. (Though I'm sure there are those who prefer the term African American).
yeah pub...that is sadly the case.

And I've had the same conversation with my black friends. Some prefer "black" others "African-American". But all of them seem to agree that neither term is offensive. I still remember some of my first run-ins with the unique lingo and culture...one of my black friends introduced a bunch of guys to me as her "brothers" and I politely said something like "wow, you have a big family". To which she howled with laughter and told me that they weren't her siblings but her friends. lol. Not having grown up in this country, it was quite amusing for me to watch myself stumble around learning basic stuff like that.

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...one of my black friends introduced a bunch of guys to me as her "brothers" and I politely said something like "wow, you have a big family".
LOL!
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4. Since it was missed the first time...

...at least our presidents know the meaning of the words "is" and "alone."
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4. Since it was missed the first time...

...at least our presidents know the meaning of the words "is" and "alone."
Your words were duly noted. I just didn't want to get accused of "harrassment" again.

And, with that, I'm leaving this be.

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Fair enough.
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