2010 Apr 23 04:40 PM MDT | English5 [2010]3


You know what I think? That statement is false. I’ve thought about the word “whitelist” and “blacklist” from webmasters’ IP control vocabulary. The English language is very racist.

Whitelist: List of allowed IPs (nobody is allowed except these when used alone), which sometimes takes precedence over the blacklist

Blacklist: List of disallowed IPs (everyone is allowed except these)

Black-hat: Someone that hacks to cause trouble; a virus or malware creator.

White-hat: Someone that hacks to prevent Black-hats from doing; A black-hat that reports and fixes instead of infecting.

Some more examples that I thought are good from thepatrioticvanguard.com/racism-in-the-english-language:

Black Art/Magic: magic involving the supposed invocation of evil spirits for evil purposes.

Black Flag: ( Historical ): a flag hoisted outside a prison to announce an execution

Blackmail: an action of demanding money from a person in return for not revealing discreditable information or the use of threat or unfair manipulation in an attempt to influence someone’s actions.

Black Market: an illegal trade in officially controlled or scarce goods

Blackout: a sudden failure of electricity or loss of consciousness

Black Money: income obtained illegally or not declared for tax purposes

Now, some more from that site with the opposite effect:

White Collar: relating to work done or people who work in an office or other professional environment [NOTE: heavy labor jobs are actually blue collar, not black]

White Hope: a person expected to bring much success to a team or organization

White Knight: a person or thing that comes to somebody’s aid

White Information: positive information about a person

White Lie: a harmless lie

White Magic: magic used only for good purposes

White Flag: symbolises a desire for peace or dialogue, ceasing hostilities