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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", "vanilla" 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 – Kit Z. Fox 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 '14 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
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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
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    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
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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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