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Old 12-20-2014, 11:26 AM
DubaiSis DubaiSis is offline
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There are some ethnic slurs that have been allowed to die in my lifetime. I think it's worth contemplating why this particular one hasn't.
"Traveling - It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. ~ Ibn Battuta
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Old 12-20-2014, 01:05 PM
DrPhil DrPhil is offline
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Words don't die.
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Old 12-20-2014, 03:00 PM
33girl 33girl is offline
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Originally Posted by MathMom View Post
I'm not familiar with that term as used for Hungarians but I am very well acquainted with Joanie and Chachi.

Now I'm feeling some classic tv nostalgia. Off to Netflix!
Yup. Linked is another classic case of "duh, I didn't know I was being offensive."
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Old 12-20-2014, 06:19 PM
PiKA2001 PiKA2001 is offline
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Originally Posted by DrPhil View Post
Words don't die.
That's mullock! When was the last time you suffered from a febricula or partaken in a pannychis with a yoke-mate or a fopdoodle? There are also "dead words" which are words so over used they have lost significance. Cool, nice, good, bad, etc come to mind.
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Old 12-20-2014, 09:37 PM
DrPhil DrPhil is offline
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Words don't die. My unfamiliarity with words doesn't mean no human uses those words or that humans will never again use the word.

As for words that are considered racial slurs, there is a difference between outsiders wanting a word to "die" and expecting the word to not be used by people within the group. Outsiders can grapple with that on their own.
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Old 12-20-2014, 11:38 PM
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At least the artist in Pittsburgh wasn't an asshole who doubled down about how it was OK for him to use the term when the offensive term was pointed out to him by those who find it offensive. (I didn't know the origin of the word either; must be too much Joanie and Happy Days in my childhood. Now I do, and I can use my thesaurus to find alternate descriptions for pulchritudinous men.)
Actually, amIblue? is a troublemaker. Go pick on her. --AZTheta

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