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I hate to sound sensitive, but... #152697
08/14/08 03:50 PM
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Maybe it is just me, but I don't find "seppo" to be a "humorous" term. I can tolerate it as unintended rudeness when accompanied by a smile, friendly slap on the back and a cold Fosters, but not when it is said with a sneer. It is surely unnecessary to point out that not all Americans are fat and lazy, remote-clutching boobs, and further, McDonalds does a brisk business in Australia and New Zealand. Saturated fats are obviously immune to the Coriolis effect. <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />


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Re: I hate to sound sensitive, but... [Re: John Williams] #152698
08/14/08 04:01 PM
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What brought that on? Been reading JC's posts at One design?
They can call him what they want to his back, on the course and off. Doubt they got the kahunas without some back up to say it to his face, and they obviously ain't beatin' him.I also don't think it's McDonalds their accusing us of being full of.
My thoughts are F*** 'em and feed 'em fishheads. But you know me I'm a little sensitive too.
Todd
Certified Seppo, gringo,Infidel.


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Re: I hate to sound sensitive, but... [Re: Team_Cat_Fever] #152699
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John

Don't empower them by letting a word get to you man.


Words are only words. Words don't hurt, or offend.

Don't be one of those people sitting around waiting to be offended <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Re: I hate to sound sensitive, but... [Re: ThunderMuffin] #152700
08/14/08 04:31 PM
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Don't be one of those people sitting around waiting to be offended <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />


Hey, I'm one of "those people" and you've just offended me!

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Re: I hate to sound sensitive, but... [Re: Tornado] #152701
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Slang terms like that aren't used commonly in Aus anymore despite how we are portrayed in commercials.
Racism (and Fosters <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />) just isn't tolerated.
Most Australians dont even know what a septic tank is let alone that is is rhyming slang for the British term Yank.

So you dont have to accept that we Aussies "just talk like that" because we dont, if someone is using those terms it is because they are trying to get a rise out of you.

Darryn

Re: I hate to sound sensitive, but... [Re: Darryn] #152702
08/14/08 05:13 PM
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Hi Darryn -

I try not to generalize with broad strokes - I realize not everyone downunder is running around shouting "seppo!!!" I just heard the term a couple of times this season, and then it turned up in a sailing report from the Olympics in an on-line publication that I like very much. From the outside, it seems like an expression that is gaining traction lately. Seems like when I hear it, it is definitely intended in a derogatory way, but laughed off as "can'tcha take a joke?"

Like I said, it is probably just me, but I don't enjoy the inference that I'm full of... well. <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />


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Gary Player, pro golfer

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Re: I hate to sound sensitive, but... [Re: Tornado] #152703
08/14/08 05:15 PM
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Don't be one of those people sitting around waiting to be offended <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />


Hey, I'm one of "those people" and you've just offended me!

<img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" />


Gosh, I'm honestly not sure if should be offended or not! I'll have to admit that I need to have the term explained to me. Then I'll tell you if I'm offended! <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

I'll be sitting around waiting for it...

Re: I hate to sound sensitive, but... [Re: John Williams] #152704
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never heard the term before.

Re: I hate to sound sensitive, but... [Re: PTP] #152705
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Citizens of the United States of America are colloquially known in some areas as 'seppos' or 'septic tanks', rhyming slang for "yank".

Ignorance is a safe place. Don't "allow" yourself to be angered by those less informed than you. Smile and wave goodbye.

Re: I hate to sound sensitive, but... [Re: arbo06] #152706
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they're just jealous.


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Re: I hate to sound sensitive, but... [Re: Jake] #152707
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100% plagiarized from Ding.

"For those short on street cred.

Seppo - 1) Derogertory word used by the English and Australians for all American nationals. Derived from Rhyming slang (Septic Tank = Yank)
2) Slang for Americans - as septic tank rhymes with yank, but Americans are also full of *NOODLE* like septic tanks"


"I said, now, I said ,pay attention boy!"

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea
Isak Dinesen
If a man is to be obsessed by something.... I suppose a boat is as good as anything... perhaps a bit better than most.
E. B. White
Re: I hate to sound sensitive, but... [Re: Team_Cat_Fever] #152708
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I think JW has a new nickname!

Wait, you said you didn't like it? Ah, too late.

Re: I hate to sound sensitive, but... [Re: BrianK] #152709
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"Seppo", never heard the term before and I've lived in NZ for 52 years.
Now added to the lexicon.
Has to be derogatory, like "cheese eating surrender monkey."
Not sure where it was used in these forums but disappointing as was the waffle about US sailors not attending events while at war. They would never sail outside the US again! : )
We talk sailing here right?
Seppo is as outta place as N*****R.

Re: I hate to sound sensitive, but... [Re: warbird] #152710
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Just tell them to have a nice day, pommie...


Race cheap, race faster, Damnit!

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Re: I hate to sound sensitive, but... [Re: FasterDamnit] #152711
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I love words like this. I'm actually glad to have another one in the arsenal. Being of German decent, my personal favourite is "Kraut".


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Re: I hate to sound sensitive, but... [Re: FasterDamnit] #152712
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I don't know of anyone that uses the term Seppo.

US = Yank
NZ = Kiwi
NZ from Auckland = JAFA (Just another [email]F@cking[/email] Aucklander) My girldfriend from Auckland refers to herself as a JAFA.
AUS = Skip or Aussie
GBR = Pom


Re: I hate to sound sensitive, but... [Re: warbird] #152713
08/14/08 08:55 PM
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Seppo? Noodle? That's all you've got? How about, four millions sperms and you were the fastest? Or maybe, you dress like a one-man Wiggles tribute band.


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Re: I hate to sound sensitive, but... [Re: hobie1616] #152714
08/14/08 09:22 PM
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I use Seppo all the time, in the same way I use Kiwi or say its "time to hit the frog and toad". It is slang not an insult, get over it.

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Re: I hate to sound sensitive, but... [Re: Tornado_ALIVE] #152715
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I don't know of anyone that uses the term Seppo.

US = Yank
NZ = Kiwi
NZ from Auckland = JAFA (Just another [email]F@cking[/email] Aucklander) My girldfriend from Auckland refers to herself as a JAFA.
AUS = Skip or Aussie
GBR = Pom


I have now asked mates about seppo and they ALL know the word and use it.
I must have had my head up my.....

Re: I hate to sound sensitive, but... [Re: ] #152716
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I have been working or sailing with Kiwis and Aussies for nearly 15 years now and I realized it is just though love gotten out of hand. They are all really great people. Some of the stuff that they have done to individuals on the crews I have raced with would make most people leave the team... I got over it.

I had this video pointed out to me by one of the Kiwis and it explains a lot...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unkIVvjZc9Y

Not for the weak or without sense of humour.

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