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.
Friday, June 16, 2006
Posted by and © Dean Tomasula at 12:56 PM