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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What's a good derogatory word for dandy/toff/fop?

I'm trying to find the right word to describe a wealthy English dandy who finds himself rather out of place in a seedy bareknuckle boxing tavern. The story is set in 1890's, in London, and the ...
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Somebody who pretends to understand, but doesn't [closed]

What is a word or idiom for a fellow who pretends to understand something, but doesn't. This person is fundamentally confused, and often goes to great lengths to convince others of their expertise and ...
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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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Term for reclaiming or restoring pride in social stigmas (“Taking it back”)?

UPDATE: (05/25/17) One word that was suggested was "own". While not perfect, it is close. Some more examples it made me think of to illustrate what I mean by flipping something negative into a ...
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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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What do you call someone who bears a group of people ill-will?

Let's say that there is a person who bears a certain group of people ill-will, wishes something bad to happen to them. The group of people is not of any specific ethnicity or group. They just reside ...
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Adjective for a particular form of cavalier attitude

I'm hoping to find a particular word to describe a variant of a cavalier attitude. I need to describe the attitude of an individual who, knowing that they themselves have been irresponsible, express ...
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How bad is it to be second eleven?

There were few things more second eleven than counterattacking with excessive force. Hence, the shots were only to buy time.   (Justina Robson, Selling Out, 2008.) In context, it's clear that ...
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What do you call a person who doesn't feel guilty telling lies [closed]

There are some frequently used quotes people use on Facebook which go like: "Be what you are and you shouldn't change for anybody", "Do not change to impress somebody", etc. Those quotes sound good, ...
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Pejorative alternative to 'backlog'?

I am part of an organisation that uses Scrum Agile methodology to develop software solutions. The Scrum Guide defines a 'Product Backlog' in a positive way as a "living artefact" i.e. under perpetual ...
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A word to describe people who don't care about friendships [closed]

How do you describe a person who doesn't care about making or having friends, just likes to pass the time with anyone in any gathering without sticking to specific people as his real friends? I want ...
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A derogatory term for a book or other printed material

I am looking for a contemptuous or belittling word or phrase that would describe something that has been published (not necessarily a book) but is of inferior quality, and a waste of paper. It can be ...
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someone who willingly “mishears” stuff to support their view? [closed]

Not the best example, but this should hopefully get the point across: Lets say you have this one friend, who really hates some journalist, maybe a movie or game critic or something. He says something ...
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What word can I use for a person/researcher/field who likes to put words in people's mouth?

For example, someone W (say, historic, like from the 1500's) holds position X because of claim Y (I hate ... because of ...). What would you call someone A who puts "words in their mouth" (He didn't ...
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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 do you call a person who talks about their accomplishments only? [closed]

What do you call a person who goes on and on about how great their accomplishments are?
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Noun and/or adjective to describe someone who immediately blames someone else for something? [duplicate]

The most common occurrence of this is as a kid: perhaps you misplaced your pencil or it rolled to the floor while you were preoccupied. The first feeling is that one of your classmates must've grabbed ...
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Looking for a word more formal than “hater” but with slightly different definition

I'm looking for a word that describes Person A in the following situation: Person A pretends to be friends with Person B but when B goes off to start a business, A secretly doesn't want B to succeed (...
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What is a person who fakes responses on a survey?

I am looking for a word describing people giving fake answers on a questionnaire. The specific behavior is, for example, choosing 'one' out of a five-points Likert scale for all the questions of the ...
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A word for excessive or unnecessary debate on an unimportant issue

I'm looking for a word that describes the phenomenon whereby a committee of people engage in lengthy and overindulgent debate on matters that, in the grand scheme of things, are broadly irrelevant, as ...
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Synonym for a “manther”

I'm looking for a word or brief phrase that means someone who dates/pursues/has relationships with women much younger than himself. If the word happens to be gender neutral (not specific to a ...
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What do you call someone who refuses to acknowledge their wrongdoing? [duplicate]

There is a person in my current daily life who never admits his wrongs. He is always quick to blame others first and always believes that he is not wrong. Even when he is proven wrong, he still ...
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Noun for a person who is stubborn?

Is there a word or an insult for a person who is stubborn? Usage: Tiresias is after all the only one that can force Creon, a king and a ____ to see reason Jade was called a _____ ...
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Word for Excessive Care about Appearance?

I'm looking for a pejorative word that describes one who cares only about their own, and others' appearances, and cares nothing for personality to the point of obsession. Something that fits in like: "...
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request: bragging & boasting but all made up of lies

This is a single word, idiom, phrase, expression request - so basically I'll take anything that fits the bill. Basically I'm trying to translate the Chinese word 吹牛 - which dictionaries will tell you ...
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Is “leftist” derogatory? [closed]

While the term 'left-wing" is relatively neutral, "leftist" has a derogatory air to it, or so it seems to me. Am I correct? Does anyone have any references for this? All I could find was this, which ...
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A person who is adamant because he knows he is right, without being rude [duplicate]

At my workplace, my senior, who is senior than me by age, experience and knowledge is always right. I want to tell (admit/appraise) him that, I do what he says and do not put my POV because at the end ...
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Slang for someone who gives opinions unasked

I'm looking for a good English slang for someone who gives opinions — usually negative — without being asked for them. Are there any? I know in Hungarian they are called megmondóember but I can't ...
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Word for someone who always seeks appreciation for his deeds or work

Word for someone who always seeks appreciation for his deeds or work however small or trivial it may be. If they don't get it, they will be vocal about it and ask point blank like for example "Isn't ...
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Is there a word for someone who won't think critically? [closed]

Is there a word for someone who won't think through issues and instead comes to others hoping that they will think for them and solve problems for them? A word that is more specific to a lack of ...
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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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Phrase to mean a 'bad teacher'/'poor teacher'

What phrase, expression, or even well-known literary character signifies a 'bad/poor/incompetent/incapable teacher', that is, someone who is not good at teaching. I would like to describe a teacher in ...
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Word for a Bad Tradition?

Is there a pejorative synonym for tradition? For example: The execution of "witches" during the Salem witch trials is now generally known as a ______.
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A noun for sexually repressed individuals imposing their views on others [closed]

I am looking for a pejorative (but not vulgar) noun describing individuals whom I allege are sexually repressed, moralizing, pontificating and who would use their authority to impose their view on ...
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What's it called when someone imposes his own beliefs and ideas on someone else? [closed]

There's a concept which I am not yet familiar with. When someone forces his own ideology, beliefs and thoughts on someone else and not allow them to think for themselves? For example: when a head ...
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Why is a word chosen as a pejorative? [duplicate]

Why is "duh" the word chosen to represent ignorance? Merriam Webster defines "duh" as "used derisively to indicate that something just stated is all too obvious or self-evident." But a derivation isn'...
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What are the connotations of “clueless”?

As a result of a discussion with @Hot Licks on another post, it is apparent that his (American) understanding of the nuances associated with clueless is slightly different to my (British) ...
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Word for stealing the voice of the people and misrepresenting it for nefarious purposes

Say a group of people vote for a leader in an election but the leader then goes on to "speak for the people" but actually he's speaking for himself and his cronies. I'd like it to be clearly in a ...
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What does the expression “old soldier” mean?

In the story "An Unprotected Female at the Pyramids", one of the female characters is twice referred to pejoratively (by men) as an "old soldier". It's clearly an idiom, since she's young ("about ...
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Timeline of semantic change of the term “social justice warrior” (SJW)

We have a question about the origin of "SJW". I'm interested in how its usage has changed over time. As a rough outline: It seems to have started out as a nonce-term of praise. Then, it took on a ...
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Pejorative term for Indian english [closed]

I guess there was in the time of the British raj a pejorative term for Indian people trying to speak English but what was it?
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what's a word for someone who accuses you of something just because they're doing it themselves? [duplicate]

What's it called when someone blames you or accuses you of doing something because they're doing it themselves? For example, when your boyfriend/girlfriend is cheating on you, so they assume you're ...
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Is there a word for someone dodgy with tasks or chores? [duplicate]

Someone evasive when it comes to tasks. Someone not around when there are chores to do.
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Under what conditions is the word Britisher offensive?

I have often heard individuals from the Indian subcontinent refer to the pre-independance British colonial rulers as "Britishers." I have never heard the word in another context. It seems that today, ...
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The origin of the phrase “Eskimo Brothers”

Popularized by the Fx show The League, the term Eskimo Brothers is a slightly misogynistic term for two men who have been physically intimate with the same woman. It is usually considered offensive, ...
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Was 'douchebag' used in its metaphorical sense already in the '80s?

Stranger Things is a '80s period piece TV series that was written in 2016. In the first episode, I noticed some characters using the word 'douchebag' to mean not the vaginal cleaning aid, but 'asshole'...
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Words describing people that cannot stop talking

What words can be used to describe someone who likes to talk continuously and unstoppably? Would that be a gabber? What else could you call them? How do these words relate to the way the person is ...
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What are the origins and proper uses of “s***gibbon”?

This derogatory term recently exploded on the U.S. scene with its application to U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump. Its arrival is so recent the Urban Dictionary has only a recent definition ...
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A word or term for someone who likes to insult other people?

I'm wondering if there's a word or term for a person who looks for an opportunity to insult and berate other people. I'm sure you've all been there; you're using an online public forum, like Facebook,...
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What's the word for someone who always take things personally? [closed]

Like, when you say something objectively and they answer:«I'm not like that, why you say that?». He always suspects what we say got to do something with him! What is it :)?

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