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    slant/slanted eyes

    Slant eyes or slanted eyes? Which one is correct?

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    Re: slant/slanted eyes

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    Slant eyes or slanted eyes? Which one is correct?
    Slanted or slanting.

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    Re: slant/slanted eyes

    How about, your eyes are slant?

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    Re: slant/slanted eyes

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    How about, your eyes are slant?
    No.

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    Re: slant/slanted eyes

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    Slant eyes or slanted eyes? Which one is correct?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Nyota,


    (1) As a learner, you may not realize that you have raised a

    very sensitive and delicate matter that must be handled with

    great care.

    (2) If you are studying in a university class the physical

    features of human beings, then perhaps the correct term for

    so-called slanted eyes is the epicanthic fold.

    (3) According to the Web and my dictionaries, it would seem that

    you should avoid using terms like slant-eye (noun) or slant-eyed

    (adjective). People who use those terms often wish to insult

    Asian people.

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    Re: slant/slanted eyes

    Actually, I meant it as a flattery to describe a non-Asian who has this Asian characteristic(s?), which I find very cat-like. Thanks for raising the issue TheParser.

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    Re: slant/slanted eyes

    Why not describe them as feline and avoid the sensitive issues.

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    Re: slant/slanted eyes

    I am not a teacher.

    There are also "almond" or "almond-shaped" eyes.

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    Re: slant/slanted eyes

    Ah yes, it's just that I heard someone say that and it got me thinking. The conversation went more or less like this, "Oh! Do you know if you have any Asian origins? Your eyes are slightly slanted." And then a quick remark, "Oh I hope you don't mind me saying that!", which pictures well the word's possible negative connotations, which I wasn't aware of at the time. So thanks again.

    'Feline' and 'almond-shaped' both sound alluring by the way.

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