Word of the Day: Caucasian

By Daniel Scocco

Caucasian (kô-kā’zhən) is commonly used as an adjective to describe people from racial groups characterized by white skin, especially ones with European origin. This meaning was coined by German anthropologist Johann Blumenbach since the Caucasus Mountains (located close to the Black Sea) are homeland for most of the white races.

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African-American men have twice the risk of developing type 2 diabetes as Caucasian men. (NY Times)

The modelling business has always been dominated by Caucasian faces but not for a long time has the situation been so extreme. (The Guardian)

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31 Responses to “Word of the Day: Caucasian”

  • WOW

    Eduardo,

    That was the first time I ever learnt something useful from a comments section of a web page.

    Thank you,

    WOW

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