Do you really not see the difference? The words you quote are just that, words. You may not like them, but they exist and are used. On the other hand, the "descriptives" that you suggest are mere invitations to stereotype people based on their ethnicity, usually negatively. When was the last time you heard any of those terms used positively?pabenny wrote: ↑Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:02 pm
You do realise you've just transgressed, don't you?
No, I understand (but I won't let that stop me from setting up a good argument!! )pabenny wrote: ↑Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:05 pmAt the risk of digging when I’m in a hole, my point was about how taboos have shifted, to the extent that we have to say ”the n-word”, because the actual word is now unsayable in any context. Yes, of course the n-word comes with far more baggage of discrimination and so is more inherently offensive than words for genitalia.
If you're attacking an individual for something that individual has done/said/worn, then that's a personal insult. Maybe it's libellous or defamation, but it's still aimed at just that person.
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