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The delicate art of Japanese Ebonics

Japan is a competitive culture. And economists predict that, in the future, whoever controls the supply of African-American vernacular will control the world. Therefore, the Japanese have taken steps to educate their young in that rapidly expanding field: Ebonics.

Funny thing is, I think white film agents are using this same textbook. One of them accosted me the other day with “playa playa show me some love.” Definitely sounded as if it had been translated from Japanese.

So that’s your anthropology lesson for the day. Office hours are, as always, never.

Originally posted April 12 2006 — 8:38 PM EDT

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