I had meant to say crafty.
Main Entry: crafty
Pronunciation: \ˈkraf-tē\ Function: adjective Inflected Form(s): craft·i·er; craft·i·est Date: before 12th century 1: skillful
adept in the use of subtlety and cunning b:
marked by subtlety and guile <a crafty
At some time I had heard the term Crafty Oriental used as a plaudit to compliment the genius of ot those of oriental(which can include Arabain and Indian peoples) in productivity and market sense
is a term which simply means the "east
". It originated in Western Asia
to describe the parts of the world that were in the "far east" of their known world at the time. It is now used in English to describe Eastern Asia
, and depending on nationality, in reference to certain Southeastern Asian
minorities as well.
To describe a person as Oriental
is sometimes, depending on region and dialect, considered to be impolite and politically incorrect
][dubious – discuss
] by some in the United States
; the term Asian
is now widely used in place of the term Oriental
. In the United States, Oriental
refers to objects and material good such as rugs, teapots, and party mix. In the United Kingdom
, however, the term Oriental
carries no pejorative connotations and describes Eastern Asian people of Chinese
descent and some Southeastern Asian groups such as Vietnamese
, wheras the term Asian
generally describes people of Indian
descent. (These latter people are called South Asians
in the United States.)
Unknowingly my my outdated comment could be construes as looking down my nose at an inferior which wasnt the intention.
Either my severe arthritis or a a bad keyboard cause some letters not to strike when pressed. No slur intended. I had in no way thought the term oriental to encompass the entirety of the asian community would be offensive to anyone!
Why is somebody always looking for some fault to point out rather then accept the spirit in which it was posted? I cant believe this one was flagged. Who was offended? Was it under the wrong topic? What gives?
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