Suffice to say, the term has generated as much, if not more, debate then the actual topic of the article. Certainly not my aim.
It was also not my aim to offend anyone with the term, a term that brought sniglets to my mind. My favorite sniglet being cinemuck.
Reponses to the word from fellow residents of the United States of America have been to lump it in with words like 'nigger' and 'gook' - extremely ugly words.
Again, certainly, CERTAINLY, not my intent.
Others seemed to feel the term, being 'made up', had no place on K5 or the article. So if I happened to make a typing mistajke. I might be in trouble if I said I fat-fingered it?
All in all, I seem to have wandered unknowingly into a rather sensitive area on K5 and its denizens. Personally, I have no problem with the 'word' since we do live on the North American continent with a whole bunch of folks who are not from the United States. South Americans, Latin Americans. I guess even those Canadians could say they were American eh?
But given the strong reaction, and the diversion from the true subject of the article, I feel it necessary to steer clear of the term.
And I'm not at all sure that's a good thing.
Would A Clockwork Orange be nearly the book and movie it is without the 'made up' words by Anthony Burgess?
Given context and inflection almost any word can be derogatory. "It's those biz dev people ruining the Internet." See.
I'm not saying people can't have their feelings or voice them ... but I am saying that I think this is a mountain out of a molehill. Or, did I just offend moles?
I'd rather stick to topic, rather then tangent