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The entry and fill score are reasonable, though for a moment I thought about the situation in Japan and how some European television stations are editing episodes of The Simpsons that involve mishaps at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. Natural disasters are a low-level sensitivity issue for crossword constructors, but I’m interested to discover how such issues affect the general media.
In college, I had a group of friends who, while eating in the cafeteria, referred to napkins as “serviettes” in a parody of highfalutin vocabulary rather than British vocabulary. That personal association may be why I gave the entry a slightly higher score than comparable Britishisms.
A coworker recently adopted a Shiba Inu which he named Ronin. A few weeks later, I asked him about Ronin and he reported that the dog’s new name was Harley. Apparently his friends, who were unfamiliar with the samurai reference, didn’t like the name Ronin and suggested he change it to Harley, as in Harley-Davidson. My coworker is not a motorcycle fan. That’s some bizarre peer pressure!