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Hope this doesn't come out the wrong way, or as they say here in the States "politically incorrect". When describing a person's appearance, is "dar" used to indicate race? Here's a sentence from novel written by a British writer:

"....., a striking-looking dark woman cam in a corner of the hotel lounge...."

Normally I would take it to mean that she is of "dark" complexion had her twin brother not been invariably described as "dark" at different places in the book. Maybe I should mention that these desriptions are given from the view point of the main character?

Thanks a lot

Raen
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No, not usually. Is this a very old book? Otherwise the writer is just using a it of 'poetic license' but it's certainly not a normal way to describe colour in the UK.
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Hi,

I don't think I've ever heard a black person described as 'dark' (other than in the archaic and today very unacceptable term 'darkie').

Instead, 'dark' is a normal way of referring to a non-black person's hair or complexion.

eg His sister is blonde, but he is dark.

Best wishes, Clive
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Thank you very much for verifying. Sometimes when "dark" being repeated to describe a person as it is in the book, I wonder if the race is being suggested.

No, it's not an old book. Author was born in 1930s. Does that matter? Would it have meant race in "older" books? Could you give a few examples of sentences where "dark" can indicate race, if ever. I seem to vaguely remember it does, or maybe it's just the obtuse Chinese translation again.

Raen
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Thank you Clive, we must have been writing and posting at the same time. Thanks alot. So it is again the Chinese translation. In some books, fictions especially, "dark" is used as one would "black" as in the colour of the skin.

Raen