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To call someone A ______ defines them soley as the characteristic that you are describing. To call somea Jew in this case takes the adjective and makes it a nomnative. used as an adjective with the -ish, the assumption is that there's an unspoken noun, (man/woman, person, human) not just "a Jew". The adjectival form of Jew is Jewish. Same as China/Chinese. Huge difference between Chinaman and Chinese man, right? The plural, Jews, also connotes different negative associations but less so simply because English generally allows pluralized nouns to be used differently.

Kris October 15, 2003, 2:46pm

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