Not sheepish, but individ-ewe-al
2017-05-23 07:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you, linguistic nitpicking always appreciated! I'm pretty sure you're right that the usage I'm calling Jew as adjective is more properly called a modifier.
It would make sense that the anglicization Mo- rather than Mu- is from a different dialect of Arabic. I'm pretty sure it wasn't originally an offensive term in English, just that it's acquired negative connotations.
And yes, when I hear the term
from Jews, it's nearly always either in the plural or part of a stock phrase; I think that makes it clear that they are using the Yiddish term, not the English slur. But I still think it's probably better for non-Jews to avoid it unless they're confident they know what they're talking about.
I hadn't quite gathered that
always meant specifically Jews-by-religion. Which again goes along with what Boyarin is arguing, that it's generally coming from the Christian context to separate ethnic and religious aspects.
I got the impression that the Somali Bravanese community are quite tight with the Jewish community in the Barnet area; a lot of the people who came to this event had made connections via borrowing a synagogue building when their community centre was destroyed in an arson attack. Linguistically interesting is that their traditional language has Persian roots as well as Swahili-related ones :-)
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