This little book, especially the second half, has been a cautionary tale of how ethnic animosities can take many and devious guises in language. The old, crude ethnic slurs are not much heard these days, except as ugly taunts in the streets and, somehow more tragically, on college campuses in recent years. But a milder slang of ethnic abuse has entered academic jargon and popular discussions of social problems in the mass media. Ethnic biases in language are like sexist biases, using similar devices and artifices. People of good will are trying to free their speech and writing of sexist language. We can as well free our usage from implicit pejoration of ethnic groups.