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Who You Calling 'Exotic' ?

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 2:43 pm    Post subject: Who You Calling 'Exotic' ? Reply with quote

Ok, so "exotic" is a soft word for black. Or non-white...or even non-blonde.

But, I always thought it meant "rare" and therefore, based on world population, shouldn't it be the other way around ( white blondes are 'exotic' )?

So, I looked it up

http://wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=exotic

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# S: (adj) alien, exotic (being or from or characteristic of another place or part of the world) "alien customs"; "exotic plants in a greenhouse"; "exotic cuisine"
# S: (adj) exotic (strikingly strange or unusual) "an exotic hair style"; "protons, neutrons, electrons and all their exotic variants"; "the exotic landscape of a dead planet"


So that would mean not in it's element. Well, again, who's element is what when it comes to the United States or any nation in this day and age.

The second meaning, again, means "unusual" which is defined implicitly by the idea of a norm. But hey, the "normal person" went out in the 1950s.
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