Friday, June 16, 2006

Hey Goomba!

Apparently there's a storm brewing up in Shodack, New York over the name of a planned local pizza restaurant.

According to The Independent, the owners want to name the restaurant Goomba's. Some on the planning board think that it's an offensive term and a slur to Italian-Americans. Others are not so sure.

I think that Goomba is such a mild word that it's hardly offensive. Traditionally it means "friend" or "buddy," but lately has come to be used as a derogatory reference to Italian-Americans, such as "dago," "wop" or "greaseball." I am not offended by the term "Goomba." I consider it a term of endearment, like "paisan."

Of all the offenses and slurs against IAs out there, this one would fall way down on the list.

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