I've seen a lot of unpleasantry exchanged in this forum and other boards as well on the nationality/ethnicity of certain personalities, such as FM Svetozar Boroevic and FmL Milan Uzilac. I don't want to be involved in such I think pointless debates so I'd rather use the more neutral (I think) term Serbo-Croat. If I failed miserably and offended someone, I am truly sorry!
Thanks for the quick reply. I know how unpleasant many of the exchanges can be when it comes to national/ethnic/historic/religious/etc. issues between the people of former Yugoslav republics, and I am personally disgusted by that kind of behaviour. I completely understand why you would want to stay out of such totally unproductive debate (I am being generous calling it that
). However, I think that the use of the name "Serbo-Croat" is an unfortunate choice despite your best intentions. I was personally bothered by it, but I have seen your many postings in this Forum, and we have exchanged information and ideas previously, so I knew that you are a gentleman and that your aim was not to offend. I decided to broach the subject with you in order to avoid possible unnecessary vitriol from other quarters - I am certain that most Croats would find the term to be extremely offensive, and many may not understand your honourable intentions. I think that saying "Serbs and
Croats" would suffice, yet avoid any problems.
Yes, I remember being constantly in trouble in school because I refused to call my language Srpsko-Hrvatski. It was a silly, politically motivated idea to 'amalgamate' the two languages, and it was doomed to fail. I think the idea fostered so much resentment in Croatia that it is at least in small part responsible for the fury felt during the 91-95 war.
But I digress, I have pushed the topic away from its original point, and I apologize for the interuption.
My best regards to all,