Monday, August 14, 2006

Quelle Surprise

Atrios notes that George Felix Allen's pet name for the Webb operative following him around coincidentally sounds a bit like an established slur directed at northern Africans (said operative's mother is apparently of European and Tunisian extraction).

Not like we couldn't have seen it coming.

(Update: Link fixed.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try this link. You'll actually get there.

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see a great deal of promise in finding out exactly where Mr. Allen picked up this peculiar word.

If most readers, like me (and I live in the midAtlantic region), have never heard one person address another as "Macaca" before, it points to a tiny universe somewhere. Where is it? How did George (who is famously dim) find it? Who else is there? What else do they talk about? What's the secret handshake? Do they wash their hands before leaving the bathroom?

I don't see how the answers to any of these questions can help Allen.

9:02 AM  

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