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Is there a general term to refer to "a semi-denigrating term used by a minority social group (not necessarily a racial group) to refer to the majority". Examples would be "muggle", "gentile", "textile", "breeder", "straight", "mundane", etc. (I am not referring to outright derogatory terms)

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"Textile"? What is that from? As opposed to the minority "clothes made from animal skins"? –  Mitch Jun 10 '11 at 16:27
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@MItch, "textile" = people who wear clothes –  BlueWhale Jun 10 '11 at 16:28
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So from your examples, I might infer that you are a gay Jewish nudist wizard telepath with no children? :-) Great question! +1 –  KitFox Jun 10 '11 at 16:38
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Great question, but I'm not sure if there is an answer. –  Marthaª Jun 10 '11 at 18:07
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Some more examples: "mono" (-sexual, used by bisexuals), "normals" (various), "cis" (by transfolk). –  Richard Gadsden Jun 30 at 12:45

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I am not sure that groups of pejoratives are classified by scale (i.e. minority pejoratives; majority pejoratives) but these words and terms are relevant for the discussion:

  • Descriptions of "the majority" include the masses; sheep; common; pop.
  • "Reverse discrimination" is the concept of a retaliation against a dominant or majority group and includes subterms such as reverse racism
  • "Affirmative action" is a classification of policies that are intended to react against an ill-founded majority
  • An "exclusionist" is one who advocates the exclusion of others; this could apply to certain groups against others (e.g. Jews and gentiles)

None of these are a perfect fit but it they may help with specific cases.

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Pejorative is slightly more general (for instance, it includes words directed at things other than people), but includes all those examples.

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Too general for what I'm asking for –  BlueWhale Jun 10 '11 at 17:49
    
@BlueWhale: Are you looking for a word for 'pejorative for the majority'? –  Mitch Jun 10 '11 at 18:30
    
@Mitch... semi-pejorative, not overtly so, and which is specific to the type of minority that uses the term –  BlueWhale Jun 10 '11 at 18:49

you might be looking for the word ethno-phaulisms

  –noun

1. Creating negative cognitive images of a different group, negative worth and/or caricatures (jokes having to do with someone's features). 2. Using derogatory or disparaging words.

and example of this would be hoi polloi

  –noun

1. The common people; the masses.

"Here and there, a gracious residence sat comfortably insulated by its wide grounds, a > grand lady spreading her skirts, ignoring the presence of the hoi polloi nearby." — Drums of Autumn

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He's not asking for examples, but for a word for terms like hoi polloi. He's asking for a word for such words. –  T.E.D. Jun 10 '11 at 16:25
    
I think BlueWhale is looking for a term for the terms, not a term for the people. Or do I misunderstand? –  Monica Cellio Jun 10 '11 at 16:25
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Yes, I am looking for a "meta-term"... a term which describes all the terms that are like that –  BlueWhale Jun 10 '11 at 16:27
    
@BlueWhale oh okay - I got it ;) –  Paul Amerigo Pajo Jun 10 '11 at 17:10
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Note that the Greek word "hoi" means, basically, "the," so "the hoi polloi" is considered a solecism. (We disdain hoi polloi.) –  The Raven Jun 10 '11 at 17:44

The closest I could get was "defamation", which although is used to mean statements that project a negative image of a group, nation, etc. As well as a single person:

Defamation—also called calumny, vilification, traducement, slander (for transitory statements), and libel (for written, broadcast, or otherwise published words)—is the communication of a statement that makes a claim, expressly stated or implied to be factual, that may give an individual, business, product, group, government, or nation a negative image.

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