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Questions tagged [pejorative-language]

This tag is for questions about pejorative language. Pejorative language is any language that portrays someone or something in a negative light, no matter whether it is intended to be disparaging and derogatory, contemptuous or disapproving, belittling or offensive, or even abusive. It’s anything that makes someone or something look bad.

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Is effervescent a pejorative when describing a person [on hold]

My colleagues and I have been talking about whether or not "effervescent" is a pejorative when used to describe someone. To provide context, one of the people who works in my office is a high-energy ...
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Non-offensive version of the word “mongol”? [closed]

I want to describe a person or group of thugs who cause damage without concern for science or culture. I had written down "mongol behavior", in reference to the Mongol invasion. Is there an all-...
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Is the use of the word “cracker” as a racial slur so common that it cannot safely be used to refer to certain hackers? [duplicate]

I always liked to use the word "crackers" to refer to people who overcome computer software or security restrictions, as opposed to "hackers," which (supposedly) originally meant people skilled at ...
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Insult for someone who “doesn't know anything” [closed]

How do you call/insult someone who doesn't know anything (meaning not the simplest/basic or obvious things)? Context: I need it in a dialog of the following form: A: How does <very simple/obvious ...
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How would one (formally) describe being socially able to say something because of membership in a certain group?

How would one formally describe being socially able to say something otherwise considered derogatory on the basis of one's membership of the group towards which the purported derogation would be ...
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Is there a term for words which are insults but not vulgar?

Sometimes, when I explain a new word to a friend who doesn't speak English well, I know that the word has to be used carefully, because it is not appropriate in all contexts, or can be offensive if ...
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What is a pejorative phrase or word you would call an employee who has all the free time in the world?

What is a pejorative phrase or word you would call an employee who has all the free time in the world to just to be nosy in how others wear their tie or how some one should not put their hands in ...
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Origin of the negative connotation of “boy”

Recently I stumbled on a discussion where the word "chico" in Spanish is translated to "boy". To my knowledge, using "chico" to refer to someone younger is considered normal. But in English, calling ...
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Pejorative Word or phrase for when tourist undergoing Government procedures for visa formalities is experience based

Pejorative Word or phrase for when a Government does not have its procedure in place for citizen or migrants or tourist for simple formalities like passport renewal or visa renewal or visa application ...
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Reprimanding (pejorative) Idiom, phrase or expression for when one wants to pay less (minuscule) and get maximum out of a deal (basically greediness)

What is pejorative phrase, idiom for one wants to pay less (minuscule) and get maximum out of a deal (basically greediness). Example The management wants to get talented employee but hire employees ...
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A word for petty enforcement of rules [closed]

The word you'd use to describe a 1940's middle school where kids would be spanked for not having the proper haircut or tucking in their shirts. Not "strict", because strict implies necessary ...
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Looking for equivalent of Indian (Marathi) saying “Makdach ghar” which translates “Monkey's house”(never ready when you expect it should be)

I am looking for equivalent of Indian saying "Makdach ghar" which is "Monkey's house" the meaning is a monkey always starts to built his house only after it starts to rain. It has the analogy of "Ants ...
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What would you call a person pejoratively who enjoys perks of a job post but responsibility of a lower rung assistant

What would you call a person pejoratively who is on a professional privileged position such as Engineer, geologist, senior engineer etc (earning what the post demands) but chooses to do a job of a ...
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Pejorative word for events like ribbon-cutting ceremony, Association party & fests which are counterproductive activities for an organization

Pejorative word for attending "ribbon cutting ceremonies, ribbon cutting ceremonies, Association parties and fests" by a country's missions post abroad who are meant to be engaged in welfare of ...
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Someone whose sole aim is to make another person’s life difficult [duplicate]

What are some good words that have the meaning of doing something only to make another’s life difficult? My ex is suing me for my car. He bought it for me and now wants it back. I am in a different ...
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Slang Appellation for Plastic Surgeon?

Some years ago there were a few quite amusing, albeit slightly derogatory terms for plastic surgeons. A cursory Google has revealed but one: Sellout, which is a reasonable start. Others may exist, ...
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Word for one who does not see flaw/fault in oneself?

I have been digging for a word that English seems to have a hard time representing. If I were to describe the spirit of what I'm trying to convey, it would be one who does not look inward for fault ...
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Is there an English equivalent to this French idiom : “Brasser du vent”? [closed]

This idiom means "Talking a lot without significant results". I was wondering if there was a specific idiom to say this. So far, I have found nothing but "hot air merchant".
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Word for someone who has plastic surgery, breast augmentation, etc.? [closed]

She's a ______ beauty. My beauty is natural, hers is _________.
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What is an eloquent word for a disrespectful, impertinent child?

I’m looking for a word that denotes a child (either a young one or a fully grown one) who acts disrespectfully and spitefully toward their parents. For instance, if you see your friend being ...
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Difference between “vulgar”, “offensive” and “derogatory” [closed]

Why do we use the words "vulgar", "offensive" and "derogatory"? What are the differences between them? For example, on Wiktionary, if we look up "nigger". now offensive, ethnic slur, vulgar, see ...
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Word for someone who discriminates against left handed people [duplicate]

We have words like racist, bigot, xenophobe, etc. that we are all familiar with, but what would we call someone who discriminates against left handed people?
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Why is “n----r” considered extremely offensive while “n---a” is not that much?

Specially considering that they are pronounced similar if not the same. I know "nigga" is also considered offensive by a lot of people but I think on general terms, you're likely to offend more ...
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A noun for someone who is shamelessly uncouth?

I'm looking for a noun to describe the people who behave in certain tacky / uncouth ways. In particular, I'm not looking for a classist/racist slur, but rather something to more generally describe ...
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Is there a single word meaning “convivial, jovial” but in a way which is not pleasant to others, obtrusively friendly?

Is there a single word with the meaning of convivial, jovial but in a way which is not pleasant to others? The important part of the meaning should also be obtrusively "friendly". Like people who ...
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Origin of figurative use of 'ugly American' in the pejorative sense of 'ignorant, arrogant U.S. citizen abroad'

The expression "ugly American" evidently became famous through a novel—William J. Lederer & Eugene Burdick, The Ugly American (1958). The title character, Homer Atkins, although physically ...
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What is the single word to describe a person who's USED by another person [duplicate]

Sam and Alex are friends, co-workers or business partners.. Alex is always trying to benefit from Sam about things which are not belonging to their friendship, work nor partnership. Looking for a ...
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Term for the mental state of a new recruit

Is there a word (probably slang), that describes the slight state of shock common to new recruits in the first days (weeks) of military training, or the recruit suffering from that mild state of shock?...
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Is “Go wash the dishes” a typical English expression used against women?

I'm from Argentina and it's very common to hear men saying Go, wash the dishes to women when they don't know how to do something or they do something wrong. For example, when a woman is driving. ...
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Is there a term that would work in the UK that is equivalent to “Norwegian bachelor farmer”?

Garrison Keillor introduced the term "Norwegian bachelor farmer," which is a bit like the male equivalent of spinster. Is there a male equivalent of spinster that works in the UK? I considered "...
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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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Can “mongrel” be used to refer to people?

I'm translating a fantasy novel into English. In the story there are a bunch of races. Among them, there are half-breeds. "Pure races" mock half-breeds and usually refer to them as mongrels. Now, ...
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Someone who thinks he's very important, but isn't

I cannot find a good equivalent of the Russian "Watchman's syndrome" in English. It refers to someone who thinks he's very important, but isn't. For example, this guy has "Watchman's syndrome": This ...
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Why are the Welsh and the Irish called “Taffy” and “Paddy”? [closed]

Why are the Welsh and the Irish called "Taffy" and "Paddy"? Where do these words come from? And why are they considered offensive?
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Why are the French pejoratively referred to as frogs?

As the title says - why frogs? A common answer is that the French eat them - but I'm not convinced by that, because it's only become specific to France in recent times, with the rise of gastronomy ...
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What to call someone who is unable/bad in holding a converstation

Okay, So I am in often in a conversation with this person. But I have now realized that all our talks have been futile because he keeps on repeating the same topics. Topics I have talked about before. ...
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Expression for a person who cares too much what other people think about him

Is there an idiom or an expression to describe a person who cares too much what other people think about him?
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What do you call a person who is polite but deceiving? [duplicate]

I remember a quote from a while ago that went somewhere along the line x is saying ´fuck you´ to a person but making them feel flattered It's a quality that makes somebody polite, manipulative and ...
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What is a word or phrase to describe someone who works shabbily so others will do his / her work?

Imagine someone who intentionally contributes work of such low quality and/or so slowly that their peers cannot help but to do this person's work so it is done correctly. An individual who ...
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The type of person who always believes they're just turning a corner

I'm trying to think of the word, if one even exists, for the type of person who always believes they're just on the cusp of getting their life goals in order/accomplished/whatever. Every week of ...
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UK English: Do y'all use “buzzard” to mean “a contemptible or rapacious person”?

In the US, buzzard denotes vultures, but also a contemptible or rapacious person to use definition 3 from the online Merriam-Webster. The most common phrase I'm personally familiar with is to say you ...
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Looking for a word to describe a person who is all talk and no action

With all that's going on with EA and Star Wars Battlefront II right now, I've been trying to think of a word... For the last decade gamers have been complaining about lack of originality and ...
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When did 'RINO' begin to be used as an acronym for 'Republican in name only'?

Instances in print of the phrase "Republican in name only"—referring to members of the Republican party who, in the writer's opinion, lack sufficient devotion to what the writer regards as the core ...
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Is there a word/term for someone who is interested in many things but is poor/uninformed at most or all of them? [duplicate]

Years ago I observed a single word/term that used more or less the description above, but I have been unable to locate or remember it since then. I am certain that it was a single word, and thus "jack ...
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Is “manifold” as meaning “rightfully so-called for many reasons” used only with pejoratives?

In the online versions of Merriam-Webster Dictionary, The American Heritage Dictionary, and Collins Dictionary, one of the multiple meanings of "manifold" is "rightfully so-called for many reasons." ...
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Which word means “to show off with little money?

I'm looking for a verb used on someone who doesn't have much in the pocket but strains to keep up his/her appearance through constant notions of luxuries he/she doens't really have. In Chinese we ...
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Looking for phrase or word to describe when people think things are high class but they actually are not

I feel like I see this often, people attach certain items to their ideal of high class or posh, even if those things are not. I have worked in some fine dining restaurants and its equal parts amusing ...
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'You were pigged'

A devastated student flew 400 miles to meet her lover in Amsterdam only to be told she was the victim of a cruel 'pull a pig' prank. Sophie Stevenson, 24, from Stoke, forked out £350 on a ...
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Insubordinate in a good way!

I feel like there is a word for someone who is defiant of the rules, who has no regard for authority, but in a way that makes this seem like a good trait, not a bad one. For example: when somebody ...
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Idiom meaning someone thinks he/she is smarter than anyone else because of age and experience

I am looking for an idiom that describes a person who thinks he or she is smarter than anyone else; just because they are older than someone, they presume that they are also wiser; but that might not ...