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    eskimo vs inuit

    Is it offensive to use "eskimo" instead of "inuit" as "eskimo" has the nuance of sledders? I haven't thought about this, so I'd like to know which they use more. This is never related to any ethnic prejudice or something. I'm just curious.

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    Re: eskimo vs inuit

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    I grew up hearing and using "Eskimo". I've only heard recently (say, within the last 10 years) that "Inuit" is preferred. Beyond that, I can not say. (note the capitalization of both words)

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    Re: eskimo vs inuit

    You're correct. Use Inuit. Eskimo is an Algonquin word for "blubber eaters", not very respectful (cf. Japan's term garlic-eaters for the Koreans they once colonized.)

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    Re: eskimo vs inuit

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    You're correct. Use Inuit. Eskimo is an Algonquin word for "blubber eaters", not very respectful (cf. Japan's term garlic-eaters for the Koreans they once colonized.)
    I lived in Toronto for 2 years, and I remember visiting Algonquin Park for maples leaves. You mean it's the term by Algonquin aboriginal natives or caucasian Canadians?

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    Re: eskimo vs inuit

    "Algonquin word" means it's a word from that Native American language.

    We don't call Native Americans "Indians" and we don't call Inuits "Eskimos."

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