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Re: [ontolog-forum] What words mean

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From: Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 14:57:54 -0600
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At 12:30 PM -0700 2/18/08, Sharma, Ravi wrote:
>Unfortunately the change from Oriental to Asian clubbed about 2-3
>billion people in one category which says nothing in some contexts as
>sometimes we need to identify people from different regions and
>countries.    (01)

Yes. I think it would be far more sensible to base social 
classifications on latitude rather than longitude, and classify 
people by how far they live from the equator. I myself am northern 
temperate by birth but have affinity with equatorial cultures.    (02)

>I still miss saying Wisdom of the Orient, often meaning from cultures
>east of India?    (03)

I see the Orient as including the Jewel of the Empire, myself :-)    (04)

There seems to be a genuine transatlantic difference of usage 
regarding both the meaning and the offensiveness of 'oriental' : in 
UK English it is both wider in application and also considered 
reasonably PC.    (05)

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