Re: Terms of Endearment, Black and White #general


In a message dated 5/30/2004 4:46:09 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes

Nathan "the Schvartza" - the dark skinned Uncle - to differentiate >from a lighter
skinned cousin who was Nathan "the Viceah"!

==I believe colors were often added to names to indicate hair color; Weiss was
the whitehead and Schwarz the dark-haired .

When skin tones were used to differentiate among people it would be:

D [or T] unkel[mann], for dark, and Bleich for pale. Possibly Lichtmann might also
have meant light-toned.

Michael Bernet, New York

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