For years now, the "N"-word has been a taboo part of vernacular.... that is unless you are an African American....
Then the other day I was eating lunch with a friend and I was talking about my brother-in-law - who is Mexican. Not just Mexican decent, but a Mexican citizen. In the course of the conversation I realized that when it came time to speak of his nationality we whispered the word "Mexican" almost as if it was an insult to speak of him that way.
I stopped myself and wondered, what is wrong with me? Following that conversation I noticed that I was not the only one that was talking that way. Is that a Utah thing? An American thing? Anyone?
I don't mean anything derogatory in my use of the word, which is why I laugh about it now. In your various parts of the world, is the term Mexican a descriptive, as it should be, of nationality and heritage, or is it used with caution so as to not offend anyone?