February 22, 2008

Danger: Coconuts!

A roundup of recent fatalities around the world due to coconuts and coconut trees:

Meanwhile, the Salisbury, Massachusetts coconut mystery case appears to have been solved. Originally blogged here. News update here.

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February 21, 2008

When Coconut Means Something Else

Funny how cultures differ in their racist slang. In the US, generations of schoolkids grew up familiar to the term "oreo", used to describe people who were "black on the outside but white on the inside."

In Africa, South Africa at least, they don't use "oreo", they use "coconut" for the same general purpose.

Here's an example of a South African editorial disparaging the rise of "intellectual coconuts" who write too much.

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