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Old March 10th 04, 06:50 PM
Liz S. Reynolds
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Tine Andersen wrote:

"Liz S. Reynolds" wrote in message
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Tine Andersen wrote:

mmm. I hear it's not really green. :*)

I'm not being judgemental - we have our issues here as well with

Greenland.

-Liz

I believe it was named by some viking who arrived there during the short
summer. It was green.


I'd read it was called that by the Eric the Red, to attract colonists from
Iceland. Sort of early marketing. I'm under the impression though that
despite the name, Iceland has a milder climate than Greenland, so they got
rooked.

The summer must be pretty green to grow enough food to support life for the
rest of the year, my grandfather lived there a number of years, the photos
are b&w, but they sure don't look like they'd have been green in color.

-Liz




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Old March 11th 04, 08:50 AM
Tine Andersen
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"Liz S. Reynolds" wrote in message
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In article ,
Tine Andersen wrote:

"Liz S. Reynolds" wrote in message
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In article ,
Tine Andersen wrote:

mmm. I hear it's not really green. :*)

I'm not being judgemental - we have our issues here as well with

Greenland.

-Liz

I believe it was named by some viking who arrived there during the short
summer. It was green.


I'd read it was called that by the Eric the Red, to attract colonists from
Iceland. Sort of early marketing. I'm under the impression though that
despite the name, Iceland has a milder climate than Greenland, so they got
rooked.

The summer must be pretty green to grow enough food to support life for

the
rest of the year, my grandfather lived there a number of years, the photos
are b&w, but they sure don't look like they'd have been green in color.


I don't think they have much agriculture in Greenland. They have to import
vegetables. They used to live from animals, mostly.

Tine, Denmark


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Old March 11th 04, 02:17 PM
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Er, 35 years ago, I was 4 years old. I'm reasonably sure that Negro was in

disfavor by then. I believe "colored" was actually the favored term by that
time.

That said, Negro was *always* a word with negative implications because it
was coined and used at a time when black people were considered so inferior
in the US that it was okay to enslave them. For obvious reasons, most people
in the US now want to dissociate themselves from that term and all its
baggage.
--
Be well, Barbara
(Julian [6], Aurora [4], and Vernon's [23 mos.] mom)




Well, I'm the same age, and remember clearly advertising for the United Negro College Fund. I don't remember "colored" so much as "black" or, for a time in the 70's (an all around peculiar decade!) "Afro American".

Of course, I grew up in the midwest.
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Old March 12th 04, 04:24 AM
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Meaning of Place Name: Greenland
Greenland: The name given by Eric the Red in 983 to the sheltered nook
where he founded his colony from Iceland, thinking that "much people
will go thither if the land has a pleasant name." The name is not
altogether unsuitable, as the place chosen by Eric for the settlement
which he named Greenland is the pleasantest spot in the country, a
smooth grassy plain at the head of Igaliko fiord, near the modern
Julianshaab. The name was afterwards inappropriately extended to the
whole ice-clad country.

I found this in:
http://www.sacklunch.net/placenames/G/Greenland.html

Liz S. Reynolds wrote:

In article ,
Tine Andersen wrote:

mmm. I hear it's not really green. :*)


I'm not being judgemental - we have our issues here as well with Greenland.



-Liz




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Old March 13th 04, 09:04 PM
Bruce and Jeanne
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"lunchlady" wrote in message
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"Circe" wrote in message

news:[email protected]
Er, 35 years ago, I was 4 years old. I'm reasonably sure that Negro

was in
disfavor by then. I believe "colored" was actually the favored term by

that
time.

That said, Negro was *always* a word with negative implications because

it
was coined and used at a time when black people were considered so

inferior
in the US that it was okay to enslave them. For obvious reasons, most

people
in the US now want to dissociate themselves from that term and all its
baggage.
--
Be well, Barbara
(Julian [6], Aurora [4], and Vernon's [23 mos.] mom)




Well, I'm the same age, and remember clearly advertising for the United

Negro
College Fund. I don't remember "colored" so much as "black" or, for a time

in
the 70's (an all around peculiar decade!) "Afro American".
Of course, I grew up in the midwest.


The United Negro College Fund was founded in 1943, so that name was
well-established by the 60s and 70s. I remember the ads ("a mind is a
terrible thing to waste") and the Fund, but I wouldn't use that as a guide
for the usage of "Negro."




 




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