Insulting phrase of the week:

"I think he'd rather speak with an Inuk, that's why he didn't call back"

Come on, you could have said the guy was more comfortable in Inuktitut. At least that way you don't sound like a giant racist.


Anonymous May 18, 2008 at 11:10 AM  

it could just be me, but that is exactly how i would read that comment. couldn't the speaker have meant your preferred version?

Way Way Up May 18, 2008 at 12:50 PM  

I get comments like that every so often with my job. Of course I wasn't there, so I don't know what the tone and intonation of the speaker was. It could be the person just felt more comfortable communicating in Inuktitut.

I try not to read too much into comments like that though. I've been up here long enough to tell you I've bumped into idiots on both sides of the fence.

Jackie S May 18, 2008 at 1:26 PM  

No, there is a good chance she meant that he would rather speak in Inuktitut.

However I was still insulted. It's not the first time I've felt a little jilted because I don't speak the language.

It's hard for me... to have come from Quebec, where I'm comfortable speaking my non-native tongue... to come here and be so very lost.

Anonymous May 19, 2008 at 8:13 PM  

but can you really blame someone for being more comfortable in their native language? if roles were reversed, you might prefer to speak to an English speaking person rather than someone in a foreign language. i think you're taking offence to something for no reason at all.

KOTN May 20, 2008 at 9:24 AM  

Giant racists... I'm just picturing a Gidzilla size version of Lou Dobbs from CNN hunting illegal immigrants...

Giant racist, get it?