Swine Flu sans “the Mexican”: Linguistic Transmutations of the H1N1 Virus
The perpetually challenged Paris Hilton was asked today if she was worried that the swine flu was killing so many people in Mexico. Her reply was, “No. I don’t eat that.” Unremarkable in every sense of the word. But then the Israeli deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman today insisted, “The outbreak of swine flu should be renamed ‘Mexican’ influenza in deference to Muslim and Jewish sensitivities over pork…”. Remarkable, in every sense.