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(CNN)   Next, there will the companies *deliberately* naming their products after the Māori word for 'pubic hair'   (cnn.com) divider line
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2020-08-07 6:11:13 PM  
The companies had understood the word "huruhuru" to mean "feather" or "fur,"

I think I accidentally subscribed to the Brazilian version of Huru; mine only gets TV shows and some movies.
 
2020-08-07 6:50:33 PM  
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2020-08-07 6:52:28 PM  
Try my microbrew - "Pendejo."
 
2020-08-07 7:20:45 PM  
It's not completely their fault. Klanbertans have one of the worst public school systems in the country and have no understanding of the world outside their trailer parks.
 
2020-08-07 7:27:02 PM  
Suddenly the AoE 2 monk conversion sound has newfound meaning...
 
2020-08-07 7:41:55 PM  
What language is this?

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2020-08-07 7:51:19 PM  
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Never made that mistake
 
2020-08-07 8:33:45 PM  
Mayochup still OK I presume?
 
2020-08-07 9:03:43 PM  
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2020-08-07 9:19:49 PM  
Or like Dinesh likes to remind people:

You know what "bro" means in Mandarin? It means "asshole".
You know what "bro" means in Portuguese? Rapist.
In Latvian, it roughly translates to "One who beheads the Messiah".
In Finnish, "bro" means "A baby's erection".
In Urdu, "bro" is actually short for "brochtauer" which means "A dildo for a man". A man's dildo.
Fecal eclipse, loses something in translation, we don't have a word for it. They do - It's "Bro".
You know what "bro" means in Navajo? A really joyful person with mental disabilities.

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2020-08-07 9:41:08 PM  
So it's not that the word means pubic hair, it's that people think it's continual appropriation because

"Once again, just like the leather shop, it's not the word that is the problem, it's the entitlement felt by these people to use it. Why do they feel this way? What right do they have? It's not their language. Why should they be allowed to just help themselves?"

So does that mean if English isn't your language you shouldn't be allowed to use it?
What utter bullshiat.
 
2020-08-07 9:43:02 PM  

Unoriginal_Username: So it's not that the word means pubic hair, it's that people think it's continual appropriation because

"Once again, just like the leather shop, it's not the word that is the problem, it's the entitlement felt by these people to use it. Why do they feel this way? What right do they have? It's not their language. Why should they be allowed to just help themselves?"

So does that mean if English isn't your language you shouldn't be allowed to use it?
What utter bullshiat.


Perhaps it's just mostly pointing out that calling your place of business "Pubes" is not the best idea.
 
2020-08-07 9:52:29 PM  

iron de havilland: Unoriginal_Username: So it's not that the word means pubic hair, it's that people think it's continual appropriation because

"Once again, just like the leather shop, it's not the word that is the problem, it's the entitlement felt by these people to use it. Why do they feel this way? What right do they have? It's not their language. Why should they be allowed to just help themselves?"

So does that mean if English isn't your language you shouldn't be allowed to use it?
What utter bullshiat.

Perhaps it's just mostly pointing out that calling your place of business "Pubes" is not the best idea.


But that's not the only meaning. It also means feathers and fur. So, a leather shop it's almost fitting.
If it's an S&M type leather shop, then all meanings work

Plus, sometimes people just like the way a word sounds without looking into it's meaning
 
2020-08-07 9:55:24 PM  

Unoriginal_Username: iron de havilland: Unoriginal_Username: So it's not that the word means pubic hair, it's that people think it's continual appropriation because

"Once again, just like the leather shop, it's not the word that is the problem, it's the entitlement felt by these people to use it. Why do they feel this way? What right do they have? It's not their language. Why should they be allowed to just help themselves?"

So does that mean if English isn't your language you shouldn't be allowed to use it?
What utter bullshiat.

Perhaps it's just mostly pointing out that calling your place of business "Pubes" is not the best idea.

But that's not the only meaning. It also means feathers and fur. So, a leather shop it's almost fitting.
If it's an S&M type leather shop, then all meanings work

Plus, sometimes people just like the way a word sounds without looking into it's meaning


Well, yeah, but for example, I could start up a business that sells leather carrying cases for your pétanque set called Ball Bag.

And while accurate, it would still be a pretty stupid name for a business.
 
2020-08-07 10:29:48 PM  

iron de havilland: Unoriginal_Username: iron de havilland: Unoriginal_Username: So it's not that the word means pubic hair, it's that people think it's continual appropriation because

"Once again, just like the leather shop, it's not the word that is the problem, it's the entitlement felt by these people to use it. Why do they feel this way? What right do they have? It's not their language. Why should they be allowed to just help themselves?"

So does that mean if English isn't your language you shouldn't be allowed to use it?
What utter bullshiat.

Perhaps it's just mostly pointing out that calling your place of business "Pubes" is not the best idea.

But that's not the only meaning. It also means feathers and fur. So, a leather shop it's almost fitting.
If it's an S&M type leather shop, then all meanings work

Plus, sometimes people just like the way a word sounds without looking into it's meaning

Well, yeah, but for example, I could start up a business that sells leather carrying cases for your pétanque set called Ball Bag.

And while accurate, it would still be a pretty stupid name for a business.


True. 
But there is no shortage of stupidly named businesses. Kids, schools, cars, dogs, hell, I think it's one of humanities greatest traditions, to give stupid names to things. Look at how often we get the 'New X needs to be named, but please don't call it xy mcxface' because that's what we do. We look to get peoples attention. Businesses need to if they want to keep going.
 
2020-08-07 10:47:06 PM  

Unoriginal_Username: iron de havilland: Unoriginal_Username: iron de havilland: Unoriginal_Username: So it's not that the word means pubic hair, it's that people think it's continual appropriation because

"Once again, just like the leather shop, it's not the word that is the problem, it's the entitlement felt by these people to use it. Why do they feel this way? What right do they have? It's not their language. Why should they be allowed to just help themselves?"

So does that mean if English isn't your language you shouldn't be allowed to use it?
What utter bullshiat.

Perhaps it's just mostly pointing out that calling your place of business "Pubes" is not the best idea.

But that's not the only meaning. It also means feathers and fur. So, a leather shop it's almost fitting.
If it's an S&M type leather shop, then all meanings work

Plus, sometimes people just like the way a word sounds without looking into it's meaning

Well, yeah, but for example, I could start up a business that sells leather carrying cases for your pétanque set called Ball Bag.

And while accurate, it would still be a pretty stupid name for a business.

True.
But there is no shortage of stupidly named businesses. Kids, schools, cars, dogs, hell, I think it's one of humanities greatest traditions, to give stupid names to things. Look at how often we get the 'New X needs to be named, but please don't call it xy mcxface' because that's what we do. We look to get peoples attention. Businesses need to if they want to keep going.


Yeah, but if you call your business "Pubes", you shouldn't be surprised when people point out that it's a bit silly.
 
2020-08-08 2:27:07 AM  

Gaylord Q. Tinkledink: It's not completely their fault. Klanbertans have one of the worst public school systems in the country and have no understanding of the world outside their trailer parks.


As if you learned about Maori slang in school.
 
2020-08-08 2:28:24 AM  

Unoriginal_Username: So it's not that the word means pubic hair, it's that people think it's continual appropriation because

"Once again, just like the leather shop, it's not the word that is the problem, it's the entitlement felt by these people to use it. Why do they feel this way? What right do they have? It's not their language. Why should they be allowed to just help themselves?"

So does that mean if English isn't your language you shouldn't be allowed to use it?
What utter bullshiat.


No, because English is a "white" language and cultural appropration doesn't work on "white" cultural expressions.
 
2020-08-08 7:41:29 AM  
I doubt that these companies have enough Māori fluent customers to worry about lost business.
 
2020-08-08 9:11:26 AM  
I don't recommend you open a store to sell fanny packs in the UK. There's uh, something lost in translation.

Yes, they speak English, but it's English English, not American English.

/English English is the name of my Duran Duran/Modern English tribute band.
 
2020-08-08 11:10:54 AM  
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2020-08-08 12:31:53 PM  
Just checking. Is "semprini" still on the no-no list?

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2020-08-08 4:03:46 PM  
The nostalgia it all.  One boon of the Corona virus is hair loss .   New Zealand with its 23 active cases may be a destination for the rest of the world - - just to see anyone with a full head of hair or anywhere.
 
2020-08-09 12:07:13 AM  
What's going on in this thread? I missed the early part because I was at the International House of Minge.
 
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