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  1. Brian poses the question: Is that an Ashkenazi/Sephardic difference?

    Kidding aside, the girls named Marsha in my high school (of my acquaintance) were Jewish, and when I became aware of the Marcia spelling I assumed it was mostly a gentile name, and I wasn’t even sure of the pronunciation being the same.

  2. I have no idea where the word “gentile” comes from (looking it up now would spoil the joke), but perhaps the reason that I don’t like the term is a subconscious (“Freudian”) association with “genitals“. To be perfectly honest, I would prefer to be called a “goy”.

  3. Mormons also use “gentile” to non-Mormons, although I don’t think they would apply it to Jews.

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