View Poll Results: What do you think of the phrase 'He jewed me down'?

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  • I'm highly offended by the phrase!

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  • It's an insensitive choice of words

    45 36.89%
  • It depends entirely on the context

    13 10.66%
  • As long as it's not refering to real Jews

    2 1.64%
  • It's just an old expression that perfectly expresses its meaning!

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    Re: What do you think of the phrase "He jewed me down"?

    I don't see where its useful. The idea ban be portrayed by using other words and ultimately using stereotypes can be harmful because it can help to give people who need a group to blame (liberals, conservatives, rich people, poor people, various ethnic groups, etc) more ammo which does no-one any good.

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    Re: What do you think of the phrase "He jewed me down"?

    It is an apt description for an age old tradition.....
    Somehow, "He Scotched me down" or "He Dutched me down", just doesn't work......

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    Re: What do you think of the phrase "He jewed me down"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    I think it can definitely be seen as offensive, but I've also heard the phrase used a lot.
    It seems you drive a hard bargain.

    I'm 90% certain it doesn't offend most libs.

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    Re: What do you think of the phrase "He jewed me down"?

    It was commonplace 30-60 yrs ago. My Dad, who most definately had nothing against Jews at all, used it regularly. I was in my 20's before it even occurred to me that someone might take it as a "racial" slur.

    When I was growing up in the country, there was a lot of barter and private sales. Typically EVERYONE asked 20-40% more for something than they would "take", and EVERYONE buying tried to "jew him down" on the price.

    Someone who could negotiate the price down to the bare minimum the sellar was willing to take was viewed with respect; thus, the young Goshin assumed that this meant Jews were held in respect for being hard bargainers. I was actually surprised as a young man to hear someone say that Jews were often resented for being sharp at business... this ran contrary to my early experiences, that a sharp trader was respected.

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    Re: What do you think of the phrase "He jewed me down"?

    I guess I'm not easily offended- it doesn't bother me, just as other slang terms don't.

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    Re: What do you think of the phrase "He jewed me down"?

    I've known Jews who have used the expression.

    It depends on the circumstances.

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    Re: What do you think of the phrase "He jewed me down"?

    I'm Jewish and I use the expression pretty frequently. But then...you know...I'm Jewish. I wouldn't be cool with people using that who were rather openly anti-semitic, but the way a lot of Jews deal with these things is we laugh it off or we out-anti-semite them in return to throw them off balance.

    A perfect example of this is when that Danish guy did that whole Mohammed cartoon thing, and Iran in a perfect display of the non-sequitur, ran a competition for who could draw the most offensive anti-Jewish cartoon (I'm sure it made sense at the time). In response to that, Israel hosted its own competition to see who draw a way cleverer...anti-Jewish cartoon. Jews are just much better at self abasing humor, so naturally the Israelis' cartoons were a lot better.

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    Re: What do you think of the phrase "He jewed me down"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    the way a lot of Jews deal with these things is we laugh it off or we out-anti-semite them in return to throw them off balance.

    In response to that, Israel hosted its own competition to see who draw a way cleverer...anti-Jewish cartoon. Jews are just much better at self abasing humor, so naturally the Israelis' cartoons were a lot better.
    To me, that's a much more effective way to manage being offended than to get uptight and pissed off, then live your life waiting for the next offense. Learning to laugh at oneself and being comfortable in your own skin are major milestones imo.

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    Re: What do you think of the phrase "He jewed me down"?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    A buddy of mine used this the other day. He's an electrician and owns his own business. He was talking about how some customers try to jew him down on prices, and other aggravations of running his business. There aren't many Jews around here, so I know he was using this phrase as an idiom, not because he's a bigot. Plus, I know he's not a bigot.

    What do you think of the phrase?
    There is a lot of irony in that statement. In the business that I manage, practically none of the people who attempt to "jew us down" on prices are Jews.
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    Re: What do you think of the phrase "He jewed me down"?

    Iím still going to use it.
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