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    (Original post by nexttime)
    'Ethnic minorities' is pretty safe.
    That doesn't explain the person if you need to describe someone though. They could be of any colour just from a different country. The only descriptions I actually understand are the police using IC1, IC2, etc. Living in a non-multicultural area, I don't have a clue how to not offend someone if I needed to briefly describe them but didn't know what country they originated from.
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    (Original post by priceless_beauty)
    may i join your "socially-inept-people-who-look-like-hippies-unintentionally-and-can't-hold-a-conversation" clique, please :blush:
    You may. :moon:


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    i eat cookies for breakfast
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    (Original post by crema)
    I've noticed this too! So weird. All the black people seem to only hang around with other, and then there are asian/chinese/korean cliques too.
    That's so weird. Cause at school us blacks don't have a clique. We just hang with everyone.
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    (Original post by jonnythemoose)
    Cliques in my uni exist only amongst international students. Generally, all the Chinese students stick together, and just don't TALK to anyone else. And eastern-europeans tend to stick together, but are a bit more friendly to you than Chinese people.

    In my subject, I tend to find quite a bit of cliqueness (spelling?) Well, it's more the 'types' of people on my course. For example, people who study languages are very diverse - but all the 'cool kids' study French, and all the 'unconventionals' study German. Obviously there are plenty of normal, nice and friendly people (like me :p: ) who study either or both...but a lot of people who study French are the 'popular' ones, who think they're really amazing, but actually anyone that isn't a fellow 'popular' finds them really quite annoying, because they tend to be very stuck-up and exclusive. Whereas people that study German are just unusual, but they're all lovely.

    :beard:

    ETA: Southampton really doesn't have a 'rah' contingent. Although, there are loads of people who wear Jack Wills, A+F etc., who I suppose could be called rah...but outside their fashion sense, they mainly seem down-to-earth...
    Wahey Im going to study french and german, cool yet unconventional
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    (Original post by HannahRos)
    That doesn't explain the person if you need to describe someone though. They could be of any colour just from a different country. The only descriptions I actually understand are the police using IC1, IC2, etc. Living in a non-multicultural area, I don't have a clue how to not offend someone if I needed to briefly describe them but didn't know what country they originated from.
    'Black' is fine. I don't think most would be offended by 'indian' and most i know refer to themselves as that. Learn where they are from is a good solution.

    I always find it funny when someone tries to describe a, say, black person and says 'well, x height, black hair, quite skinny'... c'mon, its not offensive to just state their skin colour!
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    (Original post by Ice_Queen)
    IF SOMEONE WOULD TELL ME THE POLITICALLY CORRECT NAME FOR 'COLOURED' THAT WOULD BE REALLY HELPFUL.

    I keep getting negs telling me not to do it, but none of them are telling me what I SHOULD call them. So, I can infer from that that I am wrong. If someone could tell me how to be right, that would be fricking awesome.
    by the race..its really not that hard to be honest
    black,white ,indian ,chinese etc. Your not being offensive if you refer to a race colour (e.g black,indian) however the term coloured is offensive and really outdated.
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    'Black' is fine. I don't think most would be offended by 'indian' and most i know refer to themselves as that. Learn where they are from is a good solution.

    I always find it funny when someone tries to describe a, say, black person and says 'well, x height, black hair, quite skinny'... c'mon, its not offensive to just state their skin colour!
    lol I'm black and one of my white friends ages ago when we were younger ,thought it would be offensive to say black when she was describing this person. She had to check with me as she didn't want to be racist.

    I simply explained to her that it is not racist to state the skin colour of someone...its racist to use derogatory terms about a race. I also said that if I thought she was racisit I wouldn't be friends with her.
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    (Original post by Ice_Queen)
    Not really... coloured people tend to stick together though.

    In my Accountancy group, we all know each other and get on well, but we each have a special group of four or five (Mine is Jessica and the A Team as the group is me, Adam, Andy and Alex )

    As for catered canteens, you tend to hang around with the people in your block, but it's not always the case if you, for example, go to the TV room and find you and someone else like rugby.

    It's nothing at all like school or college.
    :rofl: lol coloured people? the reason why you're getting such a hostile reaction is because it normally has negative connotations attached to it. You could have just said ethnics, but not to worry we all make mistakes and learn something new everyday
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    (Original post by Ice_Queen)
    It doesn't matter to me who negged me, just it's a rather unconstructive comment.

    I dunno, PC is out of control. If any of these non-caucasian people want to tell me what I am supposed to refer to them as, it'd be really good.

    The non-caucasian people I know say they don't really care as long as it's not "******" or other derogatory name. Coloured, black, whatever, they don't care.
    coloured can be offensive because youre grouping every1 whos not classed as white as being coloured.

    it also implies white is/should be the norm.

    "what I am supposed to refer to them as" -people maybe?
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    (Original post by LurkerintheDark)
    People read too much into this sort of thing. It's just a word, and still a widely used one; what's the problem? It's not as blatantly offensive as 'Nigg*r'; in fact most people see it as the correct way to refer to negroes. Jesus, people need to get a life.
    ur coming across as a ****.
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    (Original post by juicyfruit)
    I totally agree, not all are black. I thought using 'coloured' was more general and polite to be honest... but oh I just give up... people with different coloured skins? I haven't a clue anymore! :woo:
    lol i thought this forum was supposed to have intelligent people on it

    "people with different colored skins?" but that surely includes white people doesnt it?

    see the point? -very easy, black,asian,white, that should keep you going through life.
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    (Original post by jataylorlfc)
    lol i thought this forum was supposed to have intelligent people on it

    "people with different colored skins?" but that surely includes white people doesnt it?

    see the point? -very easy, black,asian,white, that should keep you going through life.
    lool you're points are hilarious but very true :rofl:
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    (Original post by xinjaing)
    I saw Chinese Mainlanders, Hong Kong people, grunger brigade, goths, geeks and nerds (mostly ugly people), Asians (I mean Indian sub-continent), the stuck ups and some others stick to their own kind. **** sake, why can't they just socialise with other types of people?

    At least there's no chavs because they're too bloody thick go get GCSEs in the first place.

    If I'm a foreign student I would socialise with anyone I can get on with. Otherwise, what's the point of studying abroad.
    and what exactly do u mean by a chav?:confused:
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    (Original post by jataylorlfc)
    and what exactly do u mean by a chav?:confused:
    Yobs who think they're hard and act like one. They carry out anti-social behaviour, such as attackiing a single person like a pack of wolves, vandalise property, happy slpppin, etc.
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    (Original post by xinjaing)
    Yobs who think they're hard and act like one. They carry out anti-social behaviour, such as attackiing a single person like a pack of wolves, vandalise property, happy slpppin, etc.
    oh, well thats not what i thought chav meant, what youre describing are violent idiots.

    chavs a derogatory term (i suppose) for british working class people.

    its basically the last vestige of publicly acceptable bigotry.
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    (Original post by Ice_Queen)
    If whoever negged me would be so kind to tell me how I should refer to 'coloured people/ethnic minorities/ etc. etc. etc.' to be 'politically correct' that would be really nice.
    They probably negged you because 'coloured' is a term that was used in a racist way some years ago and there is no reason why you can't simply use normal terms such as 'black' or 'ethnic minorities.' It's nothing about being 'politically correct' - why use this overused phrase some people like to use to attempt to excuse their ignorance or prejudice?
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    Yes, and I'm not in any of them.
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    Goths?

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    Yes they do exist, with all the categories as mentioned in this thread. What does annoy me however is that when people make friends in their halls in first year, they tend to latch on to a few people and stick with them from this point onwards indefinitely for the whole of their degree, and this hinders their mixing with other people that they should be mixing with i.e. on their course, societies, the union bar, friends of other frinds etc. It's pretty pathetic to see a lab/lecture finishing and then everyone rushing off to meet their old hallmates.
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    (Original post by 02sd2607)
    Wahey Im going to study french and german, cool yet unconventional
    Nice! I believe that technically; technically, that makes you awesome. :cool:
 
 
 
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