"Chinese Action" etc

Posted by DRC on February 23, 2005

In Reply to: "Chinese Action" etc posted by Will Snow on February 23, 2005

: Hello -- I would invite comment one whether any of the following are derogatory. Additionally, what are the history of these phrases?

: "Chinese Auction"
: "Chinese Fire Drill"
: "Chinese Parliament"
: "Chinese Aviator"

: Thanks in advance.


as to wether "chinese fire drill" is derogatory I don't know, but it is used to indicate a mad dash for the exits. This meaning comes from the fact that fireworks are of chinese origin and any open flame around them is dangerous.