Over in the CLuba Baby seal thread, someone spouted a line about Inuit being a more aceptable term than Eskimo.
Get this straight: It’s not the same thing. Eskimo is a name for any of the peoples who live in the more-or-less frozen north. Which tribes or regions might be open to debate, but the Inuit themselves are generally considered part of the various peoples known as the Eskimo. And yes, it is a term used by white guys. So what?
Now, calling all Eskimos Inuit is, in some cases, an extreme insult. Don’t go to Alaska and start tossing the term around, or you might get yourself into a lot of trouble.
Now, I’m not gettting really angry about this. OK, I am, but I recognize I’m being overly irritable today and apologize for it.