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Old 05-08-2011, 06:34 PM
 
Location: In my house
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speaking from the irish perspective on this,if the irish can't punch it or drink it,they have no interest in it
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Detroit, MI
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I don't think most people will make the connection.
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:25 PM
 
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I worked for a 100% italian family ,at a pizzaria and they used the word all the time, thay even had a cheese bread named **** fingers.also I used to now a guy who was italian and called himself a ****, just sayin. Maybe its like blacks and the n-word ,they can call eachother it and say it but no one else can.
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Old 05-09-2011, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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I'm surprised no one has pointed out that the first part of the store name "Mic" is derogatory for Irish people (although I think it's spelled Mick). It was used a lot in the late 1800's when there was a huge influx of Irish people to the States, and they were generally looked down upon as low class and dirty.

But being Irish myself, I could give a rats ass if they use it in a store's name.
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Old 05-09-2011, 06:44 AM
 
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When I was driving coast to coast one of the best places to stop and eat was in Steele ND. It was named Po lacks Poison Palace, the place was packed pertty much all the time and it was a few miles off I 94.

Al
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Not really the point of thie comments, but Irish and Italian are not a race, therefore these comments are not "racist" Prehaps insensative or not PC, but it gets frustrating when people open up their "racist" cry box when the people involved are all the same race.

It interests me that people get so horrified over words like this, but generalizations like "cracker" "Red Neck" and even "Nazi" get applied to any white person with impunity, especially to white people living in certain areas.
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Old 05-09-2011, 09:01 AM
 
Location: State of Superior
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Up here we are called Yoopers ...It has many meanings, most poking fun, and thats OK. So much stems from the early days when living off the grid and the road less traveled meant you had to make do with what you had. Often the outcome was kinda strange. Those days are mostly gone now, and most people who live north of the big bridge are proud to be called a Yooper. Some of us even have flags and license plates on our cars and trucks.
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Old 05-09-2011, 10:50 AM
 
Location: At the end of the road, where the trail begins.
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There was a MLB player with the last name of Deago recently. Also a boxer with that name. Interestingly they both come from Panama.
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Old 05-09-2011, 01:47 PM
 
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Everybody had a different line in the sand and you have to respect that.
If I opened up a place down south, or maybe even down river called Hillbilly deli some people might be offended. Some people might not. The point is to respect other peoples sensitivity unless they are very very obviously too thin skinned.
Mick and **** aren't used much any more and more importantly probably were never used in Michigan much so people don't have that emotion to go with the slur. 25 years ago some tourist from Boston probably would have punched the owners lights out. Today, if Traverse City really wants to get tourism from people on the east coast I don't think this will cut it.
And even if it isn't an ethnic slur per se....its pretty low class. I think there are other more clever names you could come up with to denote ethnic blue collar deli that would denote a little pride and sense of humor. This I'm personally not that offended by but neither do I think its cute, funny, clever or anything but sort of stupid and lacking in imagination. Which makes me wonder if the food will be the same.
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Old 05-09-2011, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Boyne Country
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Sometimes the dumbest names turn out to be winners.
I'm still laughing
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