All right. Normally, I'm a huge fan of what you write... but... ummm....
I'm sorry... what? "Oriental chick"? I wouldn't say that around just any Asian girl you know.
1. Some people find the term "oriental" offensive when it's referring to a person. i.e. "oriental" refers to THINGS not PEOPLE.... e.g. "Oriental Rug"
2. Chick. Every time I hear the word "chick" when it's referring to a girl and not baby chicken, I cringe. Something about it... it just sounds so disrespectful.
Just my thoughts. You can go on and ignore this or you can post it on your blog and ridicule me, but as someone you may refer to as an "Oriental chick," I found your terminology distasteful.
Hey there, ShimmeryBelle,
Well, it’s another day on the internet, and I try to learn something new every day! Today, I learned that “oriental” (a term that I never thought any more offensive when applied to people, than “occidental”) is considered “sometimes offensive” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Thanks for pointing that out! I’ll edit the Grey’s Anatomy post accordingly.
I’m not gonna stand down on “chick”, though. I intended to convey that I found the actress Sandra Oh oh-so-annoying, so the derisive term “chick”, while redundant in that sentence, is quite apropos. ;)
(Another flaw in Internet Culture: We tend to assume that a person with whom we have disagreed with will either “ignore us” or “ridicule us”… whatever happened to that third option, “Take your point into consideration, adjust my thinking as necessary, and attempt to clarify any confusion which led to the disagreement”? I.E. “Can’t we all just get along?”) :)
PS: Consider this my reply to the other anonymous person who also complained about “The Phrase”.