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Alice M Toaster
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 6:28:49 PM

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Does anyone know of an instance where indigenous is a synonym for negative?
I've looked around, and haven't been able to find a correlation.
Thanks.
frosty rime
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 6:42:32 PM
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Alice Morgan wrote:
Does anyone know of an instance where indigenous is a synonym for negative?
I've looked around, and haven't been able to find a correlation.
Thanks.


Hi Alice,

Sorry.. I just checked it out in the dictionary and found there is not such a thing.

Whistle
Romany
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 6:45:25 PM
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If you've ever come across this usage, Alice, it was a racist comment.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 6:45:55 PM

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Are you sure that you haven't seen that indigenous can be a synonym for native?
peaty
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 8:54:19 PM
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I think tunaafi has it right. The TDF definition for indigenous even has native in the list of synonyms. Negative would indeed be a racist slur.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:57:02 PM

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The words indigenous or native are not negative when used as an explanation of the origin of peoples' homeland. However, to describe people as natives as if they are savages or seemingly bereft of 'civilised culture' like in Colonial times, would (nowadays) be racist and therefore negative.

'I am indigenous to England'. 'I am native to England' shows perfectly that indigenous and native are excellent synonyms of each other

Chris
bembem (stephen_padilla)
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:10:26 PM

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I never did had a chance to make them the same.
Ravindra
Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:47:28 AM
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Thank you Chris. I am in agreement with you.

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
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DanJôN
Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:56:49 AM

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Well we can call it that way (by means on what your mind define it).
but note on that
"it is not on English Dictionary"
Think
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Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 1:02:01 AM
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tunaafi is spot on! It should have been native and not negative. Indigenous is an adjective prefixed to describe things which are locally made(in one's own country). Similarly indigenisation is a very common word in this part of the world which is meant to describe attempts to develop something locally which substitutes an item that is imported, to reduce Forex out-flow.


Cheers!
ChristopherJohnson
Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 1:34:00 AM

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tunaafi wrote:
Are you sure that you haven't seen that indigenous can be a synonym for native?

I think this must be the case. Of course, 'indigenous' and 'native' are synonyms. On the other hand, I cannot imagine a situation, when 'indigenous' may have the same meaning as 'negative.' Of course, some racially biased individual can refer to indigenous peoples in negative contexts, but it is different, you know.
Geeman
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Sure the word being used wasn't indigent not indigenous? Indigent means poor or needy and has a negative connotation.
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Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:26:29 AM

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tunaafi wrote:
Are you sure that you haven't seen that indigenous can be a synonym for native?

It is native.
My brain has been spinning over this.
Many, many thanks to all of you for your input!!
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