Xenophobia 

Discussing name origins.

Me: “Lucy, your name is English and French.”
Lucy: “So my name is from Paris.”

Me: “Well Paris is in France. Right next to your underpants.”

[silence]

Kathleen: “Lucy, my name is from Ireland, and yours is from France.”

Me: “Well, if you go back further Lucy’s name is Latin, and Kathleen’s goes back to the Greek.”

Kathleen: “The Greeks?! THE GREEKS?” Her eyes narrow and in almost a whisper: “I hate the Greeks.”

Subsequent discussion has uncovered three reasons for this animus: (1) Kathleen blames the Greeks for the existence of “school olympics”; (2) the Greeks run around naked; (3) they have a centaur.

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