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Is the term "Indian Summer" racist?

The above link seems to give two theories regarding the origin of the term:
1. The word "Indian" refers to India. Specifically, "Indian Summer" occurs in the late fall because that's when summer occurs in India.

2. The word "Indian" refers to Native Americans. Specifically, the word "Indian" is used as a slur to mean "false," as in the term "Indian Giver."

Thoughts?

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furious_mold
Oct. 19th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
I never really thought of this one.

Remember when everyone said, "gyp"? As in, "Aw, hey! You gyped me!"

It didn't occur to me that it was a reference to gypsies until I was in high school, so I stopped saying it.
ellimayhem
Oct. 19th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
Late Fall is still Spring in the southern hemisphere; it's our Winter that is their Summer.

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas/Weather_p006.shtml

India is tropical but still firmly rooted in the northern hemisphere, as the map on the above link clearly shows.

Debunked in 45 seconds through the power of Google.
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