Hi,

I was just taken aback by Wickipedia's definition of the subject term, stressing its use as a pejorative, warning against its lack of political correctness, and describing its focus on elite power. (I never thought it had anything to do with elite power. Foolish snobbery, perhaps.)
How have I missed this in 73 years living as a US wasp? I'm not ashamed of being a wasp, neither am I proud. I just view is as a convenient shorthand.
(After all, aren't skinheads wasps too?)

Where do others stand on this?

Best wishes, - A.
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I use 'WASP' most often in casual conversation, with a bit of [self-depricating] humor attached. I don't find it elitist, snobbish, power-holding or politically incorrect. I give it the same power as the word 'yuppie'.
Thank you, Philip. We seem to be on the same wavelength here.
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Hi,

I still see it as a pejorative, although these terms often do tend to get watered down as time passes.

Best wishes, Clive
Thanks, Clive. Emotion: smile
As an acronym, it's pretty neutral: White Anglo-Saxon Protestant. It's really how one uses it that makes it a pejorative.
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I agree, Vorpar. Thank you.
VorparAs an acronym, it's pretty neutral: White Anglo-Saxon Protestant. It's really how one uses it that makes it a pejorative.
I absolutely agree.
Hi guys,

I'd hesitate to say that classifying someone by their skin colour, their ethnicity and their religion is pretty neutral.

Can you think of any other cases where we do that?

Clive
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