English everyday – racist words

Did you know it’s offensive to use the word Jap to refer to Japanese people? It might seem like a useful shorter word but actually it’s now considered offensive. There is a long list of ‘ethnic slurs’ on Wikipedia that shows many words that are offensive about people’s nationality or ethnicity or race. So theseContinue reading “English everyday – racist words”

English everyday – Up yours

Serious post guys, this one’s about swearing. In particular this one’s about sweary hand gestures. The picture at the top of the page is a peace or victory sign. First two fingers held up, palm out. It’s pretty common to see in photos these days, especially here in Japan. No problems. However, turn that signContinue reading “English everyday – Up yours”