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Old 06-04-07, 07:31 AM   #1
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what's the worst thing you can call someone

of course, people have different hot buttons. different words conjure up different responses.

however, from a name-callers pov, what is the ultimate cut-down for you.

e.g. for me, if i call a female an a$$hole, that's the worst. coming from me, calling a woman an a$$hole is worse than calling her the c-word.


i'm not sure when it comes to everyone in general. probably describing someone as "shady" is the worst from me. it's an attack on a person's morality and ethics.



just curious. i'm truly not trolling. just reading about offensive threads and posts got me wondering about intent {of the name-caller** vs. interpretation {by the subject of the name-calling**
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Old 06-04-07, 07:32 AM   #2
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Podiatrist.

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what do you call a dental school wash out?




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Any honest answer I could give to the OP would immediately relegate this thread to the Politics & Religion folder. Seriously. The absolute worst thing I can think of to call someone would be to associate them with one of the (many) small-minded religions and/or political parties. Far worse than any run-of-the-mill puerile insults.
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some folks will aim their deer hunting rifle at you for calling them the "L Word."

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Any honest answer I could give to the OP would immediately relegate this thread to the Politics & Religion folder. Seriously. The absolute worst thing I can think of to call someone would be to associate them with one of the (many) small-minded religions and/or political parties. Far worse than any run-of-the-mill puerile insults.

well, that's sort of what i'm getting at. you're right, this thread could go downhill fast so i'll do my best not to contribute to that.

your post is one that could set me off if i let it. my contention is that EVERY religion/party has its "minions" who are narrow-minded. saying there is/are "one of many small-minded religions and/or political parties" makes me INFER that you are saying there are some that aren't. further, i INFER that you wouldn't post this unless you felt YOUR religious and political affiliations are among those that aren't small-minded.





again, i'm trying to be very objective and constructive here. i'm not offended you posted that. i appreciate that you did. it was an oppy for me to clarify my pov.

i would really like to see this post be a constructive (not a destructive) exercise.
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We were once playing a game of ultimate (frisbee) against a team from North Carolina. Two players on the other team were bickering with each other, and one of them called the other a "chicken bone," which we found humorous because it was less than well received by the other guy.

Twenty minutes later, the one of the same guys gets in an argument with one of our players. Things got a little heated, and our guy, remembering the earlier confrontation, called the other guy a "damn chicken bone." He went absolutely ballistic. Teammates had to restrain him, etc.

To this day, we have no idea why this term caused so much reaction, but apparently in North Carolina, it's bad.
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Worst thing you could call me is the c-word, worst thing I could call someone else (and mean it)..."pathetic".
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We were once playing a game of ultimate (frisbee) against a team from North Carolina. Two players on the other team were bickering with each other, and one of them called the other a "chicken bone," which we found humorous because it was less than well received by the other guy.

Twenty minutes later, the one of the same guys gets in an argument with one of our players. Things got a little heated, and our guy, remembering the earlier confrontation, called the other guy a "damn chicken bone." He went absolutely ballistic. Teammates had to restrain him, etc.

To this day, we have no idea why this term caused so much reaction, but apparently in North Carolina, it's bad.
that is friggin hilarious! i'm lol!
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my contention is that EVERY religion/party has its "minions" who are narrow-minded. saying there is/are "one of many small-minded religions and/or political parties" makes me INFER that you are saying there are some that aren't.
Then, for the sake of clarification, I will offer that I have noticed there are some that are historically LESS SO than others. I'm convinced that when you susbcribe to the "party line" of an organized religion or a political affiliation, you pretty much by definition are narrowing your viewpoint and limiting the options you view as acceptable for a given situation. So in short, one of the worst insults I can think of is to call someone "narrow-minded". But by adding the political and/or religious onus to that insult, I'm implying that these people are so narrow-minded -- or stupid -- that they need to accept SOMEONE ELSE'S narrow-mindedness as their own.


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further, i INFER that you wouldn't post this unless you felt YOUR religious and political affiliations are among those that aren't small-minded.
You're probably partially correct. As per above, I probably feel that my religious and political affiliations are among those that are LESS small-minded than others. Except that I don't have a religious affiliation...I guess specifically because I feel no affiliation is less small-minded than any of the organized religions available. And my political affiliation is based on a purely selfish desire to meet my immediate needs, my short term future needs, and the long term future needs of humankind that I feel are most important. It's not so much that I see my political affiliation as LESS narrow-minded than others so much as I see it as better targetting my wants...although the primary opposition party does generally seem to miss that target by virtue of an infuriating small-mindedness, so I guess it's all the same thing.

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Totally depends on the person. Calling someone a name only hurts if it hits home.

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Old 06-04-07, 08:18 AM   #16
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Then, for the sake of clarification, I will offer that I have noticed there are some that are historically LESS SO than others. I'm convinced that when you susbcribe to the "party line" of an organized religion or a political affiliation, you pretty much by definition are narrowing your viewpoint and limiting the options you view as acceptable for a given situation. So in short, one of the worst insults I can think of is to call someone "narrow-minded". But by ascribing the political and/or religious onus to that insult, I'm implying that these people are so narrow-minded as to accept SOMEONE ELSE'S narrow-mindedness as their own.




You're probably partially correct. As per above, I probably feel that my religious and political affiliations are among those that are LESS small-minded than others. Except that I don't have a religious affiliation...I guess specifically because I feel no affiliation is less small-minded than any of the organized religions available. And my political affiliation is based on a purely selfish desire to meet my immediate needs, my short term future needs, and the long term future needs of humankind that I feel are most important. It's not so much that I see my political affiliation as LESS narrow-minded than others so much as I see it as better targetting my wants...although the primary opposition party does generally seem to miss that target by virtue of an infuriating small-mindedness, so I guess it's all the same thing.

fair enough.

and this thread may end up in politics and religion. i hope not. from what i've seen, it could get ugly.



to further clarify my point...i don't feel religions or political parties are narrow-minded. you have to have a mind to be narrow-minded. as with any group of people who have beliefs based upon any particular school of thought....you've got a mix....fundamentalists, moral majority, zealots, etc. from a religious standpoint (again to clarify my pov), religion is based upon faith. as a result, the snake handler religions are no different than say catholicism. to me, its more important to subscribe to a set of beliefs and then "walk the talk."


part of being a human being is having a brain that operates on a higher level of consciousness. we have free-will. as a result, we view and evaluate all that goes on around us based upon our past experiences and belief system we (try to) adhere to. this, by definition, is steretyping, bias and self-centeredness.

i think the most important responsibility we have as human beings when it comes to interacting with others is to, realize that our beliefs are just that...beliefs. and the only person we can "judge" based upon those beliefs is ourselves. we need to recognize our own biases and compensate for them when we interact with others.
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its all about context, perspective and majority rules. time was, when old testament was the standard "practice."



what society "accepts" isn't black and white.

shine a flashlight at the ceiling with the lights out. you've got a circular shape that is bright and slowly fades into complete darkness. change the focus of the beam and you get more or less area of bright light.


culture, religion, context etc. constantly changes what behaviors and beliefs fall in the bright light vs. grey/black areas.


[edit] forgot to tie in the LESS SO part;

those whose general beliefs fall in the bright light may feel that other belief systems legitimately are LESS bright and therefore belong on the darker areas. and that's what sets me off. bright light people judging grey area people (especially since most of my beliefs fall into the grey area).

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i'm leaving the country in 2 hours. i'll be gone til the 13th. if this thread (and/or the related one) gets deleted, would the deleting mod please copy it and pm it to me?

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Yup. And guys seem to feel that way about being called gay?
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In the U.S. it is. It's a slightly lesser insult in other English-speaking countries.
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