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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 5 months ago

What does "oriental" mean?

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  • 5 months ago

    Cut it out.. I see where you are going. You know the answer & meaning

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    It means products and food and more than likely anything associated with the Asian culture.

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    It means from the orient, which is from a Latin word meaning where the sun rises, that is, the east.

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  • Mike
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Do we now have to say that the first week of college, freshmen sit through lectures designed to asian them?

    • Paul5 months agoReport

      I think you're thinking of the word orientate

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  • 5 months ago

    literally, eastern, from the orient (lands of the east). Occidental is its opposite. The location of perspective is traditionally that of a European (because, well, the word is a european word in origin so reflects their perspective)

    The word has taken on a lot of different meanings through time because the very concept of what is the east has changed, and now tends to be used mostly to mean far east asian. There was a time when the Middle East and nearby asian regions were considered the orient. Once we got a better idea of true world geography, the term orient came to be used primarily for the far east (lands on the east/Pacific coast of asia).

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    When I was young, a long time ago, it was used to refer to people who "looked Chinese," i.e. those from China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, etc. and also to the region where they live. It was commonly used in America, even by people of those ethnicities. At some point when people became more sensitive (or possibly more whiny) it was declared offensive, along with other words commonly used with no intent to offend, like gypsy and eskimo. Then we were supposed to use "Asian" instead of "oriental." This resulted in a lack of precision, since Indians, Pakistanis, etc. are Asian but not "oriental." So now we use "East Asian" where we used to use "oriental" and the world is no doubt a safer place.

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  • 5 months ago

    If only there were some online reference that would tell us the meanings of English words...

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  • 5 months ago

    From the East in relation to European civilization. Nowadays it means China/Japan and SE Asia.

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Eastern, the opposite of Occidental (western)

    It's literal Latin meaning is 'rise' - the direction from which the sun rises, which is always east.

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  • C
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    From the far east. It's still alright to refer to a carpet as oriental. You should not refer to people as such though it was a common description in the past, so don't freak out if you see it on literature.

    • 5 months agoReport

      It doesn’t mean far east, it means eastern.

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