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Re: Chinese

Posted by ESC on August 31, 2005

In Reply to: Chinese posted by J Higby on August 31, 2005

: What is meant by the "Chinese" reference in "Chinese overtime" and/or "Chinese firedrill"?

In previous discussions, there has been general agreement that it is an ethnic slur -- meaning that something that is Chinese is inferior, etc.

Similar to "Mexican standoff," "Dutch treat," and so forth.

You can search under "Chinese" in the archives to access those discussions. One is at:

http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/39/messages/741.html