To Long A Word

United States
February 14, 2008 10:04pm CST
If it was brought to your attention that a particular slang word that you were using to refer to a certain group of people was offensive to that group of people, would you stop using that word and start using the regular word or title for that group of people? Or would you continue to use the offensive slang word and give the excuse that the normal word is to long a word?
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
15 Feb 08
First off, I would never use any of those words. I know what you are refering to and I do not approve of denigrating any group of people for any reason. As a Jew, I have had my fair share of those kinds of words thrown in my face. I do not need to ever put anyone through that kind of discomfort for any reason. I like to just refer to a person by their name. I think that that is good enough don't you? Their Nationality or their race or their creed is not a topic of discussion unless they wish to discuss it. Shalom~Salaam~Peace
@posham (1237)
• Philippines
15 Feb 08
i really have no idea what word you are talking about or maybe i have an idea.. but i still don't know the word.. but i agree with adoniah..
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• United States
15 Feb 08
Thanks, I agree.
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@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
23 Mar 08
we should never use derogatory terms about various races it is rude and crude and disrespectful. I use their names when I talk to people and I do not give a darn about their race or religion or anythig else.
@SViswan (12072)
• India
15 Feb 08
Well, I don't knowingly use a word that is offensive to anyone. But if I've used it unknowingly and someone points it out to me, then I will certainly use the regular word even if it is longer. I do not mean to offend anyone by my words or action.
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• United States
15 Feb 08
Exactly!
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@posham (1237)
• Philippines
15 Feb 08
well, if a word hurts a person, it'll be appreciated to go the extra mile to prevent it.. or don't address them instead if one can't manage to exert effort on the long word. nothing in this life is easy.. but we don't need to resolve in harming another person to try to make it so..
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• United States
15 Feb 08
Yes, I agree, that is true.
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@owlwings (39218)
• Cambridge, England
15 Feb 08
If a word is offensive to certain people then any sensitive person won't use it, at the very least in their presence. The only reasonable excuse someone can have for continuing to use it would be to intentionally cause offence. Our language is a strange one, though. There are very many words (which I am not allowed to type here) which started out by being quite normal, everyday words for body parts and functions but, mainly because of the class system, these words became associated with the 'common people' and gradually became 'dirty' words (and from thence, swear words). Things happened the other way round, too. The term 'Quaker' for a member of the Society of Friends was originally a jibe at those good people's tendency to become overcome with emotion in their meetings. These days, people are proud to call themselves Quakers. I can see a similar thing happening with the 'N' word which, although very politically incorrect for a white person to use is now fairly commonly heard amongst certain black communities and is used with a certain pride. I am not sure what words or group of people you have in mind in your question but it should always be true that if something is offensive to someone, we should do our best to change our ways, within reason, so as not to cause offence.
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• United States
15 Feb 08
I agree.
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@cortney09 (1346)
• United States
16 Feb 08
I am not sure what word that you are referring to. So, it's hard for me to answer that question.
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• United States
16 Feb 08
I'd start using the regular word or title to refer to the group of people. If a group is offended by a certain slang word, I won't use it. Everybody deserves respect, and based on that -- I'd change my vocabulary.
@rosey3223 (1569)
• United States
16 Feb 08
Well, I pretty much know all the slang words NOT to say and I would never say them, even if that group p!ssed me off enough to want to. Now, if I did wind up using a word that was inappropriate (and I didn't know it) and it was brought to my attention then yes I would use the proper one.
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• United States
15 Feb 08
I would stop on a dime. I wouldn't care if the word to refer to whomever I was speaking about was 10,000 letters long. I am a person who totally, and I mean totally thinks that grouping other people into groups is wrong. I'm not white and you are (some other color). I am a person as are you. Same goes with any and all descriptions of any kind. Fat, skinny, Jewish, Catholic, near-sighted, far-sigted, etc. Nobody belongs in a certain group, we are all just Gods' children.
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• Nigeria
15 Feb 08
I love people,no matter what group or race they belong to,therefore i would never use offensive slangs for any group of people,but if such a situation arises,i will definately stop using such slangs,because i prefer making friends to offending people .
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
15 Feb 08
I have never really thought about it. I guess we would be almost forced to use the more politically correct word these days. Yet if you go back to the "scientific" names for races we find that none of the is like what we use these days. Should we be offended by science? Anthropologists have long studied how the races began. Caucasoid, mongoloid, and negroid are all words used to describe the features of the ancient races from which we all have come. Through the years we have used these words or mis-used them. Some times the changes were just because of accents by people in an area which made the words slur into something else. Now everyone would not dare call a person of Asian descent mongoloid or an African-American a negroid or a white person a caucasoid. So we must sugar coat it all so that we can not be accused of offending anyone.
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@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
23 Mar 08
definitely yes as it is offensive to me to see slang words used against particular groups of people but I would never have used a slang word in the first place. I detest all the mean rude slang terms that people use against various groups of people.