‘Pump don’t work cause the Vandal…took the handle.’

It’s instructive to contemplate the large number of monikers for peoples and ethnicity’s  that are, at the same time, derogatory.

Three of my favorites:

Berber: from the Greek Barbarous (Barbarian/Foreign)

Slav: from the Greek Sklábos– slave

Vandals: both a moniker of the Germanic tribe and a ‘willful destroyer of what is beautiful or venerable’


A. Darius Kamali

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