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25th of February, 2012

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From:loganberrybunny
Date:2012-Feb-26 02:37 am (UTC)
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I think it's a Transatlantic divide thing. To me, "retard" in particular is very offensive, as much so in its way as the likes of "nigger". You simply didn't see it in the UK before the internet unless someone was trying to be that offensive. It's probably the AmEng term of abuse I have the most difficulty with accepting as relatively mild.

It works the other way as well, of course, though in different fields. For example, the game most Americans call "Telephone" is still almost universally known as "Chinese whispers" in the UK, even in quite formal contexts. (Here's a Cambridgeshire NHS page using it, in point 6.)
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From:oliver_otter
Date:2012-Feb-26 03:15 pm (UTC)
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In US usage, even spelling out "The N-Word" when referring to it is considered offensive. *deletes your name and changes your voice for it* ;-)
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From:loganberrybunny
Date:2012-Feb-26 06:59 pm (UTC)
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A lot of British media outlets would write "n*****" or the sort, too. However, the paper I read (The Guardian) has what I think is a good policy: either write a word out in full, or don't use it at all. The paper considers things like "the n-word" and "the f-word" to be cop-outs. (Obviously I'm not on my own LJ here, so chipuni would have every right to delete my comment if desired!)
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From:oliver_otter
Date:2012-Feb-27 12:24 am (UTC)
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Nah, I meant only to poke fun at the idea that because you may possibly have offended someone, your entire identity should be deleted.

It's an undeserved fate for either you, or poor Derpy.
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From:loganberrybunny
Date:2012-Feb-27 01:53 am (UTC)
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Indeed. Basic human rights do not include the right never to be offended.
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