[PW] The sable race

Sylvia Milne sylviamilne at btinternet.com
Thu Apr 23 01:44:04 PDT 2015


E.M Forster said "pinko grey" 

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> On 22 Apr 2015, at 22:53, Franco, Adrienne <AFranco at iona.edu> wrote:
> 
> Concerning equivalent for "white folks" -- I can't help but think of the song "Ebony and Ivory", with "white folks", of course, being "ivory".
> 
> Adrienne Franco
> Iona College
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Project-Wombat [mailto:project-wombat-bounces at lists.project-wombat.org] On Behalf Of Andy Behrens
> Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 5:11 PM
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> Subject: [PW] The sable race
> 
> Carolyn Haley wrote:
>> I particularly like the phrase "the sable race." Which made me wonder... what would be a good equivalent for white folks? Is there any non-albino animal that's white all the time, vs. changing coat with the seasons to blend into its background (such as ermine, snowshoe hare, ptarmigan)?
> In this phrase, "sable" probably refers to the heraldic term for the color black. By analogy, white folks would be "the argent race". (OK, argent literally is silver, but in heraldry it's used to mean the color white).
> 
> Here's a coat of arms with a sable man on it: http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/heraldry/siebmacher/100-vongrumpach.jpg .  The heraldic description is "Or, a man sable maintaining three roses slipped proper" -- in modern English "On a yellow background, a black man holding three roses with stems, drawn in their natural color".
> 
> Andy Behrens
> Strafford, Vermont
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