Friday, February 10

Walpeople and Eh Holes

Some amusing and eye-opening minutes can be had surfing this wiki site on ethnic, racial, religious, classist, and other derogatory slurs.

I learned quite a bit (including dozens of terms apparently of Canadian origin), but the (relatively) repeatable ones were:

Whopper -- (Denmark) a female American tourist - usually overweight, called after the popular hamburger

Walpeople -- (U.S.) lower-class people, supposedly frequent shoppers at Wal-Mart.

Eh Hole -- (U.S. states bordering CAN) Canadians, in reference to how they say "eh?"

Corkhead -- (UK) a native of the Isle of Wight, off the southern coast of England. [An explanation would have been appreciated]

Celestial -- (AUS, Western U.S., 19th century) Chinese [I think I'm missing something here]

Needless to say, the more interesting ones don't bear posting on this site.