Questions tagged [offensive-language]

This tag is for questions about offensive language. It is for questions about words or phrases that could be considered offensive. If reason of offensiveness is belittling or painting a negative light instead of 'just offending' CONSIDER using the tag PEJORATIVE-LANGUAGE.

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Is this the correct usage of a vulgar and offensive phrase?

There is a funny LICENSE and in this license used an expression: You just DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO as long as you NEVER LEAVE A TRACE TO TRACK THE AUTHOR of the original product. Is an author ...
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Help in deconstructing a sentence [closed]

This was a question posed by a friend. I'm myself curious of the answer. I apologize for the explicit content (I left it as is to remove ambiguity). I pretty sure that 'a yuppy fu@k' is a compound ...
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replacement for homophobic slang

(note: please read through what I am asking before taking offense and feel free to edit to make it less offensive) When I was growing up in the 70-80s it was common for kids to say things like oh, ...
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Did word “beavis” mean anything before Beavis&Butthead series were aired?

In other words,why Mike Judge named one of characters "Beavis"? Was there also some slang meaning or word play behind it as in "Butthead"?
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In my native language, we have this obscene saying - don't take a dump in the barrel of honey

The implication is that one must not display a disrespectful behavior in regards to his/her friends or the people he/she knows very well, because as the honey in the barrel won't be edible anymore ...
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What is a nice way to say “kicking ass”? [duplicate]

Often in a professional setting, I want to say "X has really been kicking ass (and taking names!)" Sometimes I say "kicking butt" but it doesn't have quite the same emphasis. I don't want to say ass ...
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Does the word fascist share a root with the anti-gay slur f****t?

My understanding is that the word fascism comes from fasces meaning a bundle of sticks and the slur also had the meaning of a bundle of sticks. Are we looking at false friends?
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“Foreign students” vs “International students”

An etymological doubt has hit me. To my surprise, the "writing enhancement software," Grammarly flagged the phrase "foreign students" and suggested "International students" in its place. The reasoning:...
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Why is it “to have sex” instead of “to sex?”

In English, there is no generally acceptable verb for someone to say the equivalent of "to sex." All our equivalents are either too vulgar ("to fuck", "to bang", "to smash") or too formal ("to ...
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What is the origin for “- the hell out of -”?

Sometimes expletive sentences contains these words, for example "I'll beat the hell/crap out of him"
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Non-vulgar alternative to “Don't care a ____” [closed]

I am writing a poem for school. The verse with the word I need to change is this: 7 hours is too long In much too short a day You really don’t care if you get an answer wrong Because you don’...
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Is the name "KOON Bar“ offensive? [closed]

A friend of mine opened a bar named “KOON Bar” in Germany. The bar is in Kassel and Kassel is often named as raccoon city, because a lot of raccoons live here. So he was looking for a short version ...
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Is there a non-vulgar version of “pulled it out of their ass”? [duplicate]

Is there a non-vulgar version of “pulled it out of their ass” ? It's a useful phrase, but not one to be used in professional environments. For example: There is no way John’s projections for next ...
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Uniquely New York curses

This is kind-of an oddball question but the site rules don't appear to forbid it. If it somehow violates guidelines just let me know and I'll voluntarily take it down. I'm looking for region-specific ...
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What does “be buggered sideways” mean? [closed]

From the movie "Atomic Blonde" The main character, Lorraine, is briefed by her bosses about a secret document, the list, which can expand the Cold War for another 40 years, if Russians have it. If ...
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'Colourful Language' with regards to swearing

Why is expletive laden, or coarse language often referred to as being colourful/colorful? Oxford Dictionaries define it, colourful 2.2 (of language) vulgar or rude. ‘colorful words usually ...
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What’s a non-vulgar alternative for “covering one’s ***”? [duplicate]

Oxford Dictionaries Online writes in their U.S. section that the phase cover one’s ass is an informal phrase meaning: Foresee and avoid the possibility of attack or criticism. ‘I like to ...
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What (if anything) is the difference between bullsh— and horsesh—?

Both bullshit and horseshit are used to mean nonsense or waffle, especially to cover up a lack of knowledge or unwillingness to inform. An old answer here describes them as near synonyms. If they're ...
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“Obscene yourself” (literally) in Hemingway's “For Whom The Bell Tolls”

I am reading Hemingway's "For Whom The Bell Tolls" (an edition from 1960). Throughout the book, strong words and obscenities are replaced literally by the term "obscenity" or similar. For example (...
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How rude is it to ask someone if they are a nerd or not? [closed]

I asked one of my new friends(a week), "On a scale of 1-10 how nerdy are you? Where do you fall?" She is from Chile and she said the question was very rude there. But I don't understand why. I only ...
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English can be a right dastard sometimes. Why not?

Bastard, meaning one begotten and born out of wedlock, is a very old word from Old French (earliest OED citation 1297). Dastard, meaning one who meanly or basely shrinks from danger; a mean, base, or ...
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More family friendly phrase for “always use your full ***”

There's a saying that goes something like: Never half ass anything. Always use your full ass. Is there another succinct way of expressing this in more polite language? I think there are a ...
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What, was the 'joy' of a hard bargain?

Quite by chance, I encountered the following in Sylva Clapin's 1902 A New Dictionary of Americanisms: Jew (to). The earlier editions of "Webster's Dictionary" contained the verb "to jew," and ...
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Derogatory term for people from places like San Francisco [duplicate]

I'm looking for a derogatory term for people from liberal metropolitain areas who think they are better educated and more enlightened than those from rural, conservative areas. Carthage, TX is to ...
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Giving a damn: Do you care or not?

I'm used to using "giving a damn" in a negative sense. Merriam-Webster defines the phrase as meaning: give a damn: to care at all about someone or something —used in negative statements —. ...
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Saying condolences if relative is hospitalised?

Is it offensive to say 'condolences' to people with a relative who is hospitalised? Please explain answer and provide sources.
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American English: Is “From A to B” offensive? Why?

I'm a native (British) English speaker for the UK, working in an agency with other native speakers. We have international clients, and one from the US just sent back a piece of copy with the phrase ...
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Is calling someone who resides in the country of India an “Indian” considered a racist slur? [closed]

This morning as I'm sure we all have, I was called by "Microsoft Tech Support". I wasted a half hour of their time saying I couldn't log in before they hung up. Later I had told my Dad, as he asked ...
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Are there any commonly used “Couldn't organise an X in a Y” phrases that aren't vulgar?

Are there any phrases like "Couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery" or "Couldn't organise a root in a brothel" that are reasonably common, indicate organisational incompetence, have a degree of ...
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Why is “evil” such a taboo word in English conversations? [closed]

evil (noun): [uncountable] a force that causes bad things to happen; morally bad behaviour. evil (adjective): having a harmful effect on people; morally bad extremely unpleasant ...
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Would “I poke you later” a rude expression?

I would like to know how rude or informal is tell to someone "poke you later..." or "poke me when you're done with XYZ...". First question after a search, still getting used to the language stacks...
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What is a less controversial name for the clothing item known as a “wife-beater” in the United States?

In the United States, a white sleeveless shirt is often referred to as a "wife-beater". Typically I try to avoid using "wife-beater" due to its negative connotation. I've tried using a few different ...
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What else can you call someone who is rhetorically bombastic?

For example when someone exclaims, "What the heck are you talking about", if you were mildly incorrect on any matter or simply stating something in a general dialogue. Typically the person will assert ...
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Does “perversion” necessarily have a negative connotation?

There is a question at Spanish SE about the Spanish equivalent of the English word perversion. The question refers specifically to sexual perversion (which I did not want to mention in the title, ...
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Did a movie give the final blow to the usage of the term “negro”?

While rewatching the famous movie "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" I noticed that the term "negro" instead of "black" was often used. The following is a sentence taken from the movie. From Guess Who's ...
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Rude expression for interfering with a discussion

What rude expression would fit most the next situation: Let's say some people are in a meeting talking about serious work-related stuff. At a point, one of the persons makes a remark to another about ...
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Exclamation mark after first person imperative [closed]

Is it inappropriate to use an exclamation mark after a first person plural imperative sentence, such as Yes, let's stop talking about that! I am a foreign speaker of English conversing in text ...
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Are there any words whose spelling was deliberately changed to make them non-offensive?

I am looking for some examples of words that, possibly due to their non-Latin origin, would have sounded offensive if they went through the English language rules. For example, if a specialty Bohemian ...
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Is there a polite way of saying “sh** happened” or “sh** hit the fan”? [closed]

I googled a synonym for it, but all found was this on Reddit: The outhouse has collided with the windmill. The excrement has impacted the rotating blades. I'm looking for a "classy" or ...
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Non-vulgar word for 'Clusterf**k'? [closed]

Is there a non-vulgar word for 'clusterfuck'? I searched here, but there are no related questions (that I could find). There are suggestions like 'mess' or 'disaster', but that is not the original ...
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Why does English have so few “obscene” roots, compared to Russian? [closed]

Russian has 4 obscene roots ('-еб-', '-хуй-', '-пизд-', '-бляд-') and a huge variety of options in order to create new words: 'ебать', 'ёбаный', 'уебать', 'заебать', 'подъебать', 'ебантяй', 'уёбок'...
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What's the best way to bowdlerize an expletive but keeping the meaning understandable?

I was writing a blog post for my website, about the etymology of the word fascist, and I wanted to write about how it's connected to the modern slang curse word for "homosexual" which used to mean "a ...
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What does the swearword “Gimp” mean? [closed]

In the movie Hick the girl is in a car with a farmer, after a while something happens and the girl calls the man a gimp and the man gets really angry about it. What does it mean? According to this ...
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Origin and connotations of RBF (Resting Bitch Face)

Well, I don't know how or why, but until a week ago I had never come across the initialism RBF. I read it in a comment that had a very nasty tone, like so many of the comments posted nowadays on ...
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Is there a way to determine how offensive a word is? [closed]

Outside of slang, I'm looking for a list of words that have been co-opted by society to mean something derogatory. In some senses, they are also "trigger words" and phrases. The word cult, for ...
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Connected speech in a tongue twister

A friend of mine just forwarded me a tongue twister. And I got curious about a possible relation with connected speech The pheasant plucker’s daughter sits plucking pheasants pleasantly Such a ...
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Vulgar slang equivalent to “Breaking someone's balls” [closed]

I need some context before making my question. Context: I was in a pub yesterday and together with a friend of mine we were practicing English (we are in the UK). Between the two of us I'm the one ...
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I don't jew out of paying my comeuppance

In the Quentin Tarantino film, Kill Bill 2, there is a scene between Bill and Budd where Budd says I don't dodge guilt, and I don't jew out of paying my comeuppance at around 2:28 in this clip. My ...
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Where does the exclamation “F***ing Hell” originate?

As we all know, the underworld cannot fornicate as it is not a living being (probably). Where then, did the natural-feeling pairing of swear-words "Fucking hell" come from?
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Can the term “religiously” be offensive, and if yes, how? [closed]

Background: I have already seen this post about the usage of the term religiously. I have also posted a question on another site asking for the impact. However, I am still interested, that whether, ...

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