When did saying I’m offended or I find that offensive become a common phrase in English?

  • Per meta.english.stackexchange.com/a/4722, please β€˜never’ use πš–πš˜πš—πš˜πšœπš™πšŠπšŒπšŽπš 𝚝𝚎𝚑𝚝 or Λ‹backticksΛ‹ on ELU.
    – tchrist
    Jul 4, 2014 at 0:48

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Here is a comparative graph from Google Books ngram utility:ngram of 2 phrases Whether this graph confirms your hypothesis regarding the rise of political correctness (per your tag) depends of course on what that hypothesis is, but also and perhaps more interestingly on what your definition of political correctness is.

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    But "I'm offended" has gained popularity recently only because it replaced "I am offended". People didn't use to use contractions much in writing. See Ngram. Jul 3, 2014 at 23:20
  • (There seems to be some inconsistencies when using URLs directly to Google NGrams that have (encoded) apostrophes.) Try pasting this into the query box for a better picture: I find that offensive,I'm offended,I am offended,(I'm offended + I am offended)
    – JohanE
    Jul 3, 2014 at 23:52

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