Thursday, January 30, 2014

Oriental/Asiatic/Asian: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Thursday, January 30, 2014

“Oriental” is generally considered old-fashioned now, and many find it offensive. “Asian” is preferred, but not “Asiatic.” It’s better to write the nationality involved, for example “Chinese” or “Indian,” if you know it. “Asian” is often taken to mean exclusively “East Asian,” which irritates South Asian and Central Asian people.

In his most recent post, Paul Brians talks literally about metaphors and proverbs.

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