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And I'm not sure that I'd use "racist" as a general term for USians;

That's 'cuz you ain't one, Mark.
they're raised to be self-centred, so many of them have a hard time accepting, or even believing, that there is any culture except their own

Don't confuse nationality and nationalism with racism, a disease that is endemic to every nation-state. That's not what I was referring to. You might want to read some American history before you begin to chat about it. Our racism is British in origin, of course, the black Africans having been brought over as inferior beings to toil as slaves upon the lands of their white English owners in British ships. But we don't need facts for a chat about things of which you seem ignorant.
(which, as the rest of the world knows, doesn't exist).

I've made this point many times right here in AUE, but it sounds better when I say it than when you do. The medium you're using right now to read and write your posts is a product of American "culture", as is much of what you watch on TV and in the local movie theatres everywhere in the world.
It's more short-sightedness and blinkered outlook than racism.

This disease is and always has been been epidemic in the world. Nobody bothers to look beyond their borders until they think they can get what they need there.
A bit of world travel cures it in no time flat (in most instances given that "world travel" isn't interpreted as "driving through other US states").

That shows just how little you know about the USA. I've traveled, lived, and worked all over that country and cannot believe that it is "one nation indivisible". Parts of it are as foreign to me as Taiwan and Japan, my adopted homelands. Especially the southwest and the Old South, which I would write off as being another country with values alien to those held by the people among whom I grew up. Not that I particularly care for the values of the latter, mind you. But my three years in Atlanta, Georgia, convinced me that it was not at all connected to to the northeastern portion of the USA. All I regonize as America is what one can see in Los Angeles, New York, New England, Iowa, and the sound stages of ABC, CBS, and NBC.
What does being in denial mean? It must be an automatic admission of what one is denying.

"In" is a negator, so it means you deny nothing.

Does that mean "being in England (or any other place one might care to insert here)" means "being nowhere"?
Now, explain to the class why you invaded Poland.

For the sausages and the ham, you fool!

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Native speaker of American English; posting from Taiwan. "In Poland a man must be one thing: white or black, here or there, with us or against us — clearly, openly, without hesitations. … We lack the liberal, democratic tradition rich in all its gradations. We have instead the tradition of struggle: the extreme situation, the final gesture." Ryszard Kapuscinski (which is one of W's pseudonums, it seems). No, really he was a popular Polish journalist, author, publicist and poet, and member of the Polish United Workers' Party.
It means mock psychological explanations of things that have a ... to mean fake, but it's got particularly attached to psychology.

Some cynics would say that "cod psychology" is an oxymoron.

Tautology, Shirley!

Al in St. Lou
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It's just the use of "cod" to mean fake

That's something that may not exist outside the British Isles. We have "folk psychology" which seems to mean terribly wrong but plausible to non-specialists, but we'd have to say something like "sham psychology" to get your "cod psychology."

It might not. I've just discovered that I can get OED access using my library card, and all the examples I find of "cod" used like this ("cod cockney", the cod version", "cod Victorian decorations") are of British/Irish origin.
As with all these words, there are subtleties of meaning to "cod" that "sham" doesn't seem to have, but which are beyond my abilities to pin down.

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non-specialists, but we'd have to say something like "sham psychology" to get your "cod psychology."

As with all these words, there are subtleties of meaning to "cod" that "sham" doesn't seem to have, but which are beyond my abilities to pin down.

Fake, hoax, ruse, dupe, all fit well within our term, "codpiece."

Purl Gurl

"Then again what can you expect from a fat-assed, champagne swilling, half-breed just off the Rez?"
- Joe Kline
Some cynics would say that "cod psychology" is an oxymoron.

Tautology, Shirley!

Without are cod.
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Some cynics would say that "cod psychology" is an oxymoron.

Tautology, Shirley!

Yes. It seems that my brain was briefly taken over by a moronic ox.

Peter Duncanson, UK
(in alt.english.usage)
And I'm not sure that I'd use "racist" as a general term for USians;

That's 'cuz you ain't one, Mark.

A racist remark? Just what was needed.
they're raised to be self-centred, so many of them have a hard time accepting, or even believing, that there is any culture except their own

Don't confuse nationality and nationalism with racism, a disease that is endemic to every nation-state. That's not what I was referring to. You might want to read some American history before you begin to chat about it. Our racism is British in origin,

Er, no. Racism is personal in origin.
of course, the black Africans having been brought over as inferior beings to toil as slaves upon the lands of their white English owners in British ships.

Yes, that also explains the rampant and brutal racism toward Chinese settlers, Italian immigrants, and just about every other influx to the States.
It's all down to the British, Dutch, German, French etc. slave trade. Oops, sorry; you meant just the British, even if (AIRI) more Dutch than British slavers dealt with the States.
Right.
Perfectly in logic.
But we don't need facts for a chat about things of which you seem ignorant.

I was just thinking something very similar, myself.
(which, as the rest of the world knows, doesn't exist).

I've made this point many times right here in AUE, but it sounds better when I say it than when you do. The medium you're using right now to read and write your posts is a product of American "culture",

No it isn't. It's a product of a US company, and half of its code was probably written in India.
Or do you mean the medium of networked computers? If you do, I think you'll find it has nothing whatsoever to do with any particular nation's "culture".
as is much of what you watch on TV and in the local movie theatres everywhere in the world.

It's more short-sightedness and blinkered outlook than racism.

This disease is and always has been been epidemic in the world. Nobody bothers to look beyond their borders until they think they can get what they need there.

Sure, but having crap like "you can be anything you want to be!" drummed into you day in, day out, doesn't teach you how to play nice with the other kids.
A bit of world travel cures it in no time ... "world travel" isn't interpreted as "driving through other US states").

That shows just how little you know about the USA. I've traveled, lived, and worked all over that country and ... one can see in Los Angeles, New York, New England, Iowa, and the sound stages of ABC, CBS, and NBC.

I actually prefer what the Northern and coastal snobs call "hick" or "redneck" country. Nicer people.
"In" is a negator, so it means you deny nothing.

Does that mean "being in England (or any other place one might care to insert here)" means "being nowhere"?

No, it means you're not the country.
Now, explain to the class why you invaded Poland.

For the sausages and the ham, you fool!

Well, if it wasn't for the beer, then you at least have /some/ taste.
As with all these words, there are subtleties of meaning ... have, but which are beyond my abilities to pin down.

Fake, hoax, ruse, dupe, all fit well within our term, "codpiece."

All right, I'll go for it.
WTF have codpieces or, for that matter, any other items of clothing got to do with the topic in hand?
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Fake, hoax, ruse, dupe, all fit well within our term, "codpiece."

All right, I'll go for it. WTF have codpieces or, for that matter, any other items of clothing got to do with the topic in hand?

I have no doubt you have the topic in hand.

Purl Gurl

"Then again what can you expect from a fat-assed, champagne swilling, half-breed just off the Rez?"
- Joe Kline
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