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Sunday, August 20, 2006

No worries

Senator George F. Allen (R-VA) got into trouble Aug. 11 when he called a volunteer for his opponent “Macaca.” The word “macaca” apparently is a variation of “macaque” referring to a type of monkey, and is a French racial slur used for dark skinned people of North African descent.

Maybe he meant to say “Hakuna matata,” a Swahili expression that is literally translated as “here-there-are-no concerns.” It is commonly translated as “no worries.” The phrase was popularized as the title of a song in the movie The Lion King.


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