Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Wicked South African word not allowed in Seattle

Instead of looking for kaffir lime leaves when cooking Southeast Asian or Indian recipes, try just asking for lime leaves.

That’s how the ingredient is now classified at PCC Natural Markets, just days after staffers saw an article on racist connotations behind the original name. “The k-word is akin to the n-word in South Africa and some other African countries,” reporter Mia Stainsby wrote in The Vancouver Sun, noting a social media campaign to use the less common term “makrut lime” instead.

PCC now refers to them simply as “lime leaves,” a term approved by the Oxford Companion to Food, said PCC food writer Jill Lightner, who saw the original article and worked on the changes.


Since there are many different types of lime, referring to kaffir limes as just "limes" is very uninformative


Anonymous said...

Just add a numeric suffix, like Lime 69 or Lime 420

Anonymous said...

Will they also ban redskin potatoes?

stinky said...

Kaffir means "cover" or "covered." It stems from the Arabic - a kaffir, iirc, is a non-Muslim, one who "covers" the Koran and its teachings. The Arabs applied it to the blacks they met in Africa, who, unsurprisingly, didn't and wouldn't follow Islam.

Most disparaging terms started as common words - cracker (talks too much), nigger (comes from negro, i.e. black), dago (comes from "diego"), etc. As such, context is everything.

"Crackers and cheese?"

" Sure, thanks Diego. I love when they serve these at the NAACP conventions."

Taking offense out of context is deliberate and calculated.

Bird of Paradise said...

Learn the truth african's dont celebrate Kwanzaa in fact they have never heard of it

Anonymous said...

The name either comes from the Arabic as mentioned above or the Sri Lankan people known as Kaffirs.
Either way it has nothing to do with the racial slur from South Africa.
What would happen to our language if the word 'the' became used as a slur for some protected group somewhere in the world - we'd find it impossible to communicate!

Anonymous said...

I guess we no longer need to wonder what the "PC" in PCC Natural Markets" stands for.

Anonymous said...

last time I checked we are not in south africa.

Don't like the word don't use it and leave the rest of us the hell alone. Typical liberals, if THEY are "offended" nobody should be allowed to see, hear, or use those words!

It's now very common to hear people say, "I'm rather offended by that," as if that gives them certain rights. It's no more that a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase.

"I'm offended by that."

Well so fucking what!

-Stephen Fry

Go Away Bird said...

Remember this is the say city who's city council idiots wont allow the streets salted becuase they say it'll contaminate Puget Sound and melts confiscated guns into stupid Peace Bricks Look what happens when liberal wanks take over your city STUPIDITY REIGNS SUPREUME

Anonymous said...

but "lime leaves" offends me, so will they change that term? LOL, how tangled the left becomes with all their oppressive rules