Wordsmith.org: the magic of words

Wordsmith Talk

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  

Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
#210898 - 05/13/13 12:46 PM Terms that appear offensive but aren't  
Joined: Apr 2013
Posts: 2
Chris Lumpkin Offline
Chris Lumpkin  Offline

Joined: Apr 2013
Posts: 2
"While you may not be offended, this week's words did offend some enough to prompt them to cancel their subscriptions."

I applaud Anu for not shying away from these words and subjects. Those who cancelled their subscriptions are proverbially cutting off their noses to spite their faces and their days will be less enlightened. Words are what they are and to not explore them and their history at the risk of seeming racist or politically incorrect is to not learn and grow from the heritage and history of our languages.

#210901 - 05/13/13 01:54 PM Re: Terms that appear offensive but aren't [Re: Chris Lumpkin]  
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 7,210
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Buffalo Shrdlu  Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 7,210

formerly known as etaoin...
#210903 - 05/13/13 02:58 PM Re: Terms that appear offensive but aren't [Re: Chris Lumpkin]  
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 4
Hamfast Offline
Hamfast  Offline

Joined: May 2013
Posts: 4
Bagshot Row, Hobbiton, The Shi...
I agree with you that Anu both mentioned that some people were offended enough to cancel their subscriptions as well as the earlier decision to run with the "Words that appear offensive but are not" I also applaud.

I do disagree with the line in the reply to the comment just prior to the one you mentioned... "Your observation that three out of five words have negative connotations to blacks may be correct..."

the 3 words mentioned do not have negative connotations to blacks... Tar Baby may be looked on as it was adopted as a racial slur, but "niggle, niggling, niggard, niggardly" or any other word that happens to "n", "i" or "g" (in that order, other then the "N-Word") should not offend people, their poor education should be more offensive, and it will haunt them longer.

#210912 - 05/13/13 05:23 PM Re: Terms that appear offensive but aren't [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]  
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 9,096
LukeJavan8 Offline
Carpal Tunnel
LukeJavan8  Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 9,096
Land of the Flat Water
Originally Posted By: Buffalo Shrdlu

my comment is to piggyback

----please, draw me a sheep----

Moderated by  Jackie 

Forum Statistics
Most Online3,341
Dec 9th, 2011
Newest Members
Farscape07, Chakra3000, April, Momori, AJLenser
9041 Registered Users
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 38 guests, and 2 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters(30 Days)
Momori 1
Top Posters(All Time)
wwh 13,858
Faldage 13,803
Jackie 11,613
tsuwm 10,538
LukeJavan8 9,096
AnnaStrophic 6,511
Wordwind 6,296
of troy 5,400
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.

Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat

© 1994-2018 Wordsmith

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0
Page Time: 0.016s Queries: 14 (0.004s) Memory: 2.6673 MB (Peak: 2.7573 MB) Zlib disabled. Server Time: 2018-02-25 11:41:42 UTC