caucasian : Common Errors in English

About caucasian

“Caucasian” is an outdated term originally used to refer to some or all of the people of Europe, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, and Central and South Asia. It was invented by in the early 19th century Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, who felt the Caucasian “race” was best exemplified by people from people living in the Caucasus mountains of Georgia. It is widely misused today as a synonym for “white.” Although the concept of “race” is still widely popular, contemporary scientists have generally rejected the concept as simplistic and misleading.The term is better avoided except in reference to people actually from the Caucasus.

caucasian Meaning(s)

  • (n) a member of the Caucasoid race
  • (n) a number of languages spoken in the Caucasus that are unrelated to languages spoken elsewhere
  • (a) of or relating to the geographical region of Caucasia
  • (s) of or relating to Caucasian people

caucasian in News

  • Age-Related Smelling Loss Significantly Worse in African-Americans

    June 13, 2013 - The ability to distinguish between odors declines steadily with age, but a new study shows that African-Americans have a much greater decrease in their sense of smell than Caucasians. This can have serious consequences. Olfactory loss often leads to impaired nutrition. It also may be an early warning sign of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's, and can ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Senior Journal

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