Is this sentence “derogatory”?

He just gave me the biggest fuck you of my career.

Intuitively it doesn't seem to rise to the level of derogatory; merely the use of a vulgar idiom. But what words would successfully counter the argument that it is a derogatory statement?

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    I would say it's somewhere in-between. On the one hand, it doesn't directly insult you, but on the other hand it does say that you suck. – CobaltHex Oct 5 '14 at 18:43

The sentence itself merely reports the situation, so it's a case of a use–mention distinction. You are mentioning an expression (or metaphor) someone else used. It would be normal to make the distinction clear by either using quotes or italics:

  • He just gave me the biggest "fuck you" of my career.
  • He just gave me the biggest fuck you of my career.

...depending on whether "Fuck you" was actually said or it's a metaphor for what was done.

I agree that the sentence is vulgar. But it may be reporting a derogatory or insulting [and vulgar] remark.

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    I tend to think that 'fuck-you' should be hyphenated since it is a composite noun, not an imperative verb and object. – WS2 Oct 5 '14 at 23:52
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    The sentence is vulgar but not inherently derogatory. – Isaac Oct 6 '14 at 0:01

If you said the sentence to someone concerning third party's action, you would not necessarily be making a derogatory comment about either the listener or the third party.

It would indicate that you are not entirely pleased with the third party's actions.

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