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Reader comment on item: Something Rotten in Denmark?
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Submitted by JustMe (United States), Mar 17, 2006 at 17:38

Something that's bothered me is maybe some of our disagreements come from an innate or cultural way of looking at things. There's a word for it, but I can't think of it right now.

Sometimes I read something and it comes across a certain way to me, but we're from so many different parts of the world, I mean, who knows how you're viewing what I'm saying. I suppose we'd be remiss in not acknowledging such problems.

For example, I could tell someone thought just calling 'Sword of Islam' 'Sword' was disrespectful. When to me it's just more convenient than writing a long name out everytime. Then there's switching his name to Swordie, now that I can see would be intentionally disrespectful. But actually if he's of a more 'kicked back' attitude, that really wouldn't offend him. Then, there's dialect. Even in the same country, saying one thing in one region can mean something else in another region.

I have to say I'm impressed with the people whose first language isn't English on this board. I hope that's not 'kasskassa'. lol (kasskassa sounds a lot like 'kiss ass' which is a term we use in the U.S. for what you may call a groveller). This may also have come to play in the Denmark cartoons. What the journalists may have thought was going to accomplish one thing, totally backfired on them. I have no idea what their intentions were, but I do think they were wrong in their approach and Muslims have every right to be offended.

Just thought I'd bring this up.

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