That said, I regularly use the word "Oriental" in reference to people of Asian decent. The other day (quite a while ago, actually) my girlfriend told me some people would find this term offensive. I had never thought of it before, but upon reflection, I don't recall hearing the word very often (aside from the Top Ramen flavor, of course).
Would you be offended by the word "Oriental"?
Are you of Asian decent?
This has bothered me ever since it was brought to my attention, but I can't seem to stop saying it! I try (and do a fairly good job), but when I relax a bit the word just comes back.