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 is the word used to descibe someone who grooms someone for future personal gain?

I have a "friend" who used to socialize with me a lot and we had a lot of fun. She'd invite me over for dinner and to parties she threw. I got really close to her, or so I thought. She has a second ...
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Non-derogatory word/phrase analog of “bi**** resting face” but for a young kid

I am not normally someone who uses the word bitch, in fact I dislike it greatly. However, there is the concept out there of "bitchy resting face", for people who have a face that looks unhappy even ...
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What do you call a person or action who provides information irrelevant to the subject? [closed]

What do you call someone or the action of a person who in an argument says one thing, but provides information to something that has nothing to do with what he was trying to prove?
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Is there a word for someone who treats their opinion as fact? [duplicate]

Thought that's what dogmatic meant but apparently it's not. Is there a word that describes this?
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What do you call an awkwardly unfunny and cringeworthy person?

That person who tries to act funny or "cool", but he turns out to be cringey and tacky instead. What do you call that person? Example: Look at Todd, interfering in our conversations, telling us jokes ...
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Word for someone who dismisses contrary opinions as irrational? [closed]

I'm looking for a phrase or (ideally) a single word to describe someone who dismisses any opposing opinion as being wrong and a result of being unable to think correctly. Ideally it would also imply ...
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How to communicate the idea of a “brown-noser” without the vulgar connotations?

What term would communicate something similar to "brown noser", without the vulgar connotation? (Here's one citation of the term being used by WWII soldiers, but I'm guessing it was used before that. ...
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Is the term “low-level employee” considered to be derogatory? [closed]

I recently saw a TV show where an executive referred to an assistant as a low-level employee. Is it considered appropriate or derogatory?
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A single word that means or describes a person who has to have the last word in a discussion

I am looking for a single word that is either a noun (like 'liar') or an adjective (like 'talkative') for a person who always has to have the last word in a discussion.
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Looking for a word to describe someone who is overly rational [closed]

I'm looking for a word to describe someone who is overly rational, in an unrealistic way. Thanks!
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Someone who gives unsolicited explanations in a condescending way

Usage in sentence: Person A: Ooh - look at that crow! Person B: Well, actually, as someone who is a scientist who studies crows, I am telling you, specifically, in science, no one calls jackdaws ...
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What do you call someone who is easily influenced?

I am looking for a term with bad connotation. I am aware of the popular terms like "he/she has no personality", pliable, malleable, weak-minded but i couldn't find any more on the insulting ...
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Idiom or expression that would imply “someone is a habitual liar”

I'm looking for an idiom or expression for describing people who tell lies out of habit (so you cannot trust them at all). I know that these people are called "compulsive liars", but I'm not looking ...
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Is there a word that describes a person who easily gives up on others

Example: Person A had expectations of person B. After A gets to know B, person gives up on building a enriching relationship. A stops investing in the other person (i.e. stops giving feedback, stops ...
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A word or term to describe someone who likes to make people look stupid [duplicate]

Is there a word for someone who tries to trip you up during conversation almost so you muddle your words and sound confused to the point where they appear to have have won a debate? Someone who uses ...
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What do you call someone who censors another person?

What do you call someone who inappropriately censors another person? Is there any specific word for someone who derives pleasure out of censoring another person? To use it in an example: [Word] like ...
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How would you term a person who gives you a job opportunity and then reminds you to be grateful that he's given you that opportunity

How would you term a person who gives you a job opportunity and then reminds you to be grateful that he's given you that opportunity....
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Is there an adjective for “untruthful, especially when pretending to know more than one actually does”?

I originally thought of the word "disingenuous," except that my dictionary gives the definition as "not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really ...
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member of a political party [closed]

Is there an expression that means a member of a political party, who often comments rashly in a way that contradicts the party line? I'd appreciate your help.
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A word/phrase to express deep sadness at a friend or loved one's stupidity?

I'm looking for a way to describe the feeling you get when someone you care about is being aggressively, intractably, and willfully ignorant or stupid about something. It's something of a blend of ...
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What are demeaning foods to call people? [closed]

I was debating someone recently, and he started rejecting my view point entirely. He started referring to me as "cupcake", an attempt to insult me, I'm sure. I don't quite understand why, because ...
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Term for someone who leaves a relationship after the other person buys them a bunch of stuff

I'm looking for the proper term. So there's a female. Her name is Kaylee. Knows this guy that is madly in love with her and would give anything to be with her. Well, she is struggling and needs ...
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A word for a person who is doubtful and always second-guesses everything he knows [closed]

I was just wondering, I know somebody here knows what word I'm referring to. For example: Person 1: I like that guy because of his looks. Person 2: Do you really? Or are you just feeling ...
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Neutral non offensive alternative to “slanting eyes”

I was looking for a term to define the eyes shape of oriental people and I discovered that the term slant-eye is a derogatory one: (offensive) a person with slanting eyes; especially , one ...
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Word that is similar to “edgy”

I'm looking for a word which describes people who are annoying because they do something new, they think that this is so cool but actually the new thing and they are silly at all. The people I want to ...
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How offensive is calling someone “dodgy”?

Labour MP Dennis Skinner has been suspended from Parliament for the day for calling the Prime Minister "Dodgy Dave". I would like to know how serious of an insult it is. Can you put this insult to ...
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Derogatory word or idiom for city dwellers or people who aren't adapted to country/rural life

I'm looking for something people from rural area would use, especially when they refer to that person's inability to adapt to the country life.
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Yiddish loan words for the foolish & incompetent

Is there a Yiddish loan word to describe someone incompetent or amateurish, or who is a small-time player in a given field of endeavor? The closest I know of are general-purpose insults like shnook, ...
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Does the word “female” have a pejorative connotation when applied to a woman?

I recently watched an interview where the interviewee (a native speaker from the US) used the word female to refer to a woman. Instead of describing the context of this word usage, I will point you to ...
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Word for someone intentionally punishing self to get reactions/pity

I'm looking for a single word or short phrase for someone who intentionally burdens his or her self with a task or something that could be seen as a punishment purely to gain others' pity and make ...
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Derogatory word, describing person (a pupil) who memorizes instead of learning?

Apologies if I am asking something that is well known, but I am not a native English speaker, and I could not find an answer so far. In my native language, there exists a (derogatory) word for pupils,...
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Word for “having the rights to a word”

I'm looking for a word that means "having the right to use this word." For example, one could argue (and let's not argue whether or not this is true) that a gay person has some degree of agency/...
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The origin of the derogatory usage of Guido

Guido: is a slang term, often derogatory, for a working-class urban Italian American. The guido stereotype is multi-faceted. Originally, it was used as a demeaning term for Italian Americans in ...
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Has “hacker” definitely gained a negative connotation?

The American Heritage Dictionary defines a hacker as: One who is proficient at using or programming a computer; a computer buff. One who uses programming skills to gain illegal access to a ...
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Is there a word to describe someone who does nice things for others, only to make themselves look or feel good?

I'm looking for a word that can describe a person who does nice things for other people (e.g holding the door open, carrying someone's things) but only for self gain; this person only does nice things ...
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A slang word for person who is addicted to mass media promoted pop-culture [closed]

I am looking for a slang term which describes people who are all about contemporary mass media promoted pop culture: pop song charts, YouTube likes, dislikes and comments, celebrities' instagrams, etc....
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Is there a negative word for an overt display of emotion?

I recently discovered a friend who always believed that cheesy, corny and tacky meant (to use their words) a "pornographic display of emotion". As in: The end of a TV show where that Dad says to the ...
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What do you call that annoying toddler that whines about everything?

You know that kid you see in a supermarket with his/her mom, and the kid is all like: "I don't like that", and starts to scream? What is a good word or slang term for that?
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Is there any curse/ swear equivalent for this Persian curse? “ May your head be covered by soil!”

There is a curse/ swear in Persian that literally means " May your head be covered by soil" and implies that " you'd better die and be buried /be underground!"( you are not important). We use it in ...
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What do you call a person who makes easy things difficult?

What you you call a person that can take a simple, easily understood concept or task and turn it in to a complicated procedure?
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Usage of Beautiful [closed]

I have been taught in English language classes that using "Beautiful" for a girl, represent your rudeness? for example you should not say "what a beautiful girl". Is it correct?
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Is there a gender neutral phrase or expression to replace “old woman”?

There are people who behave like the stereotypical old woman who frets over the smallest concern and is constantly cautioning others about physical dangers. Such people can be either sex and barely ...
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What is a word for someone who is extremley picky and unthankful for what he has? [closed]

Can someone give me a word that describes a person who wants to have everything at a very high level and doesn't want it if it's anything below that? For instance such a person might not want to eat a ...
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When did “blonde” become offensive?

The OED defines blond (noun) as: A person with blond hair; one with light or ‘fair’ hair and the corresponding complexion; esp. a woman, in which case spelt blonde. 1822 Edin. Rev. 199 Brenda, the ...
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The Kids are All Right

As I was reading some of the responses on Should I use “the wife” or “my wife”?, I agreed with many of the posters stating that using the wife as opposed to my wife was slightly less personal and ...
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Usage of the word “typical”

Some friends and I have been debating for a while now the significance of the word "typical", more specifically the pejorative connotation that, they insist, is inherent to this word. To them, for ...
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A word for a “troll” who is actually advocating a point of view

The word "troll" (in the Internet-related sense) usually means someone who doesn't care about the issues they talk about, but just wants to anger and/or hurt as many people as they can (usually for a ...
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Origin of “I fart in your general direction”

I grew up knowing the insulting phrase "I fart in your general direction", and recently saw it used by John Cleese in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (apparently its most famous usage): http://www....
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What's a word for “toughish”?

I am looking for an adjective that can be used to describe a 'thug'. Seeing that toughish isn't in most dictionaries (nor did I expect it to be, but an entry in a thesaurus would have been nice), nor ...
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Somebody who doesn't want to work but wants materials and luxury?

What would I call somebody who, like the title says, doesn't want to work but wants luxury and items/materials?

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