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Harry's Gang: Esko can find the sisu to do right by its nickname


July 31, 2020

Suddenly, we’re talking about changing the nickname in Esko to avoid making an indirect negative reference to Eskimos, a historical name for the Inuit in Alaska, which some people seem to think is derogatory. Some don’t, however, and the idea that the word “Eskimo” is a pejorative term is not universally accepted. A little research shows that the term “Inuit” or “Native Alaskan” is preferred, but there doesn’t seem to be consensus that calling someone an Eskimo is insulting.

Now, calling someone an “Eskomo” could in some circles be derogatory. I own a restaurant called...

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