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By the way…Marriage sans frontiers

  • Duncan Graham

  /   Sat, September 14 2019   /  02:52 am

Once upon a time, kiddies, we knew who we were.  I was Sir, your Mom was Madam, you were Miss and your brother Mister. Now language is gender-free.Miss is short for Mistress — an upright position in the 18th century but now with a laid-back meaning in the 21st, so no wonder you want to be labeled Ms.Here’s another term that needs revising — “cross-cultural marriage” with its hint of annoyance. These are the complex-compound relationships that sparkle with the challenge of delightful differences, so every new day is a discovery of the other. Capitalizing on this fantasy an Australian insurance company ran a popular series of cheeky rom-com commercials showing the less than ravishing Rhonda on holiday in Bali getting seduced by dishy Ketut, a resort waiter.The big screen head-in-the-clouds version has a blond escapee from cold climes swooning in the exotic tropics where...