phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions at

Phrases, Sayings and Idioms Home > Discussion Forum

Derogatory Epithets

Posted by Bruce Kahl on August 07, 2005

In Reply to: Re: Dinner... & Chinese Whispers posted by James Briggs on August 07, 2005

: : : : : : : : dinner is judged by desserts

: : : : : : : I've never heard that one. But I am guessing that it means that the end, results or conclusion of something is how it is judged.

: : : : : : Or the last impression is the one that lasts. I have never heard it either. It sounds a little dodgy. SS

: : : : : Could this possibly be "the proof of the pudding is in the eating" translated into another language and back again by a computer - one of those "Chinese whispers" phrases? VSD

: : : : What's a Chinese whisper? SS

: : : "Chinese whispers" is the name used in England for the game called Telephone or Gossip in the U.S. Apparently there are no persons of Chinese descent in England, or British Caucasians don't mind offending them. ~rb

: : See link

: Note US spelling!

Using negative ethnic or gender characteristics as metaphors such as "Chinese fire drill", "Mexican showdown," "Indian giver" or "Chinaman's chance" can lead to prejudice and hate.

These are derogatory epithets which show a cultural and or geographical chauvinism.

All those types of phrases, whether about Mexicans, Chinese, Poles etc, put the speaker above everyone else and try to show that these other people are inferior.