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Old 09-27-2012, 02:27 PM   #11
WT Sharpe
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Originally Posted by AZImmortal View Post
I'm not easily offended by any means, but I just noticed that many users had the title of "Grand Wizard" bestowed upon them by the forum, which immediately made me think of this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Wizard

Just something to think about. I'm sure that no harm was meant when creating this title and I know that this community is a diverse one.
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Originally Posted by TimW View Post
I thought of that when I first saw it. However, I seriously doubted that the originators of the "Grand Wizard" moniker had any idea that it had such a dark meaning in the US. So, I thought no more about it.
I also don't believe any malice was intended, but as a native Southerner, it was also the first thing I thought about when I saw it. MobileRead is an International community, and I'm sure the phrase has different connotations in different countries and regions, which is why it's never been a huge deal for me; but as U.S. citizens make up a sizable proportion of our International community, I certainly wouldn't miss the phrase were it to disappear.
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