wounds and prides

Discussion in 'English Only' started by bize, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. bize Member

    Latvia, latvian

    Could someone please help me with this sentence:

    Chicago - a town that's accustomed to its racial wounds and prides itself on a certain lack of sentiment.

    (a) wounds and prides - is it meant literally? Wounds as related to suffering and prides as being proud of something?
    (b) on here means due to?
    (c) sentiment = feelings? But what kind of feelings?

    Thanks a lot!

  2. liliput

    liliput Senior Member

    U.K. English
    Racial wounds certainly seems to refer to damage received as a result of racism.

    To pride oneself on something is the same as to be proud of something.

    Sentiment = exaggerated feelings of sadness, tenderness or nostalgia.
  3. Topsie

    Topsie Senior Member

    Avignon, France
    It means that Chicago is used to suffering from racial wounds (being hurt by racial prejudice) and that it (the town) prides itself (is proud of) its lack of sentiment. :)
  4. bize Member

    Latvia, latvian
    Ok, thank you for your time, this helps a lot.

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