Slurs

*slurs, verbal harassment, etc.

…..

1. nigger, N-word, nig, spade, etc.

CP, 10/11/03: The conventions for expressive content words:
[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/000035.html]

ML, 9/22/04: Three vs. four asterisks at Boondocks:
[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/001478.html]

RS, 3/17/06: The N-word in the news again:
[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/002934.html]

AZ, 5/11/06: The hispanicization of American baseball, the status of Puerto Rico, and the achievements of Roberto Clemente:
[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/003135.html]

JM, 5/31/06: “What up, nick–?”:
[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/003209.html]

HH, 12/9/06: Linguistic cartoon update update:
[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/003885.html]

GP, 12/11/06: Nigger, nigger, on the wall:
[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/003893.html]

GP, 2/2/07: Taboos of the nation:
[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/004138.html]

HH, 3/30/07: Oliver/Wilmore investigates: N-word!:
[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/004350.html]

BZ, 3/30/07: More N-word meta-humor:
[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/004351.html]

3/6/11: Obscenity and literary merit:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2011/03/06/obscenity-and-literary-merit/]

1/25/12: “a word now shunned”:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2012/01/25/a-word-now-shunned/]
nigger

3/26/12: Flat denial:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2012/03/26/flat-denial/]
nig

4/16/12: Using a racial slur:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2012/04/16/using-a-racial-slur/]
avoidance of nigger

6/12/12: Plain talk in the NYT:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2012/06/12/plain-talk-in-the-nyt/]
using nigger; avoiding it

8/3/12: On the taboo/slur watch:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2012/08/03/on-the-tabooslur-watch/]
avoiding nigger and nigga

11/2/15: David Hammons:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2015/11/02/david-hammons/]
spade

11/3/15: Minstrelsy:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2015/11/03/minstrelsy/]
coon

8/16/18: Book flash: New Work on Speech Acts:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2018/08/16/book-flash-new-work-on-speech-acts/]
on racist slurs in general

7/22/19: The boys of Boris Beauville:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2019/07/22/the-boys-of-boris-beauville/]
assorted anti-black slurs, but especially pickaninny (and references to watermelons)

9/21/19: Chocolate-covered amidst the statuary:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2019/09/21/chocolate-covered-amidst-the-statuary/]
Rastus as a pejorative name for a black man

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2. Other ethnic and racial slurs

GN, 10/7/03: Fenimore Cooper, call your office:
[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/000029.html]
redskin

CP, 10/11/03: The conventions for expressive content words:
[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/000035.html]
redskin

BPo, 12/23/04: Kemosabe:
[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/001742.html]
kemosabe

RS, 7/17/05: Adverbial license:
[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/002338.html]
redskin

BZ, 8/16/06: Makaku, Macaco, Macaque, Macaca…
[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/003458.html]
macaca

ML, 8/19/06: More on macaca-gate:
[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/003471.html]
macaca

BZ, 9/22/06: Macaca-watch continues:
[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/003606.html]
macaca

DB, 1/21/07: Lumps in the melting pot:
[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/004072.html]
ching chong

GP, 2/5/09: Pakigate, Sootygate, Gollygate:
[Pakigate, Sootygate, Gollygate]
paki, Sooty, golliwog

GP, 2/6/09: Half golliwogs and other UK linguistic news:
[Half golliwogs]

GP, 2/9/09: Racial epithets, pragmatics, and semantics:
[Racial epithets]

2/20/12: The Chink files:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2012/02/20/the-chink-files/]
chink

3/9/12: At 8:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2012/03/09/at-8/]
slant, slope

4/23/12: me no likie:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2012/04/23/me-no-likie/]
pidgin Chinese in things like No tickee no washee

8/30/12: Brief mention: Chink, the slur 8/30/12:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2012/08/30/brief-mention-chink-the-slur-83012/]
Chinky

10/1/12: On the ethnic slur watch:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2012/10/01/on-the-ethnic-slur-watch/]
Redskin

4/28/13: chicano:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2013/04/28/chicano/]
etymology and history

10/30/15: French laundry, Hostess products, and incoherent ramblings:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2015/10/30/french-laundry-hostess-products-and-incoherent-ramblings/]
French laundry (versus Chinese laundry)

11/23/15: Using an ethnic slur:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2015/11/23/using-an-ethnic-slur/]
NYT: a slur for the Chinese, not identified

3/19/16: Cheech:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2016/03/19/cheech/]
Chicano/chicano as derogatory of Mexican-Americans, since largely

8/16/17: Gay slurs in New Zealand:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2017/08/16/gay-slurs-in-new-zealand/]
NZ offensive slang hori ‘Maori’

3/30/19: News for carnivorous penises:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2019/03/30/news-for-carnivorous-penises/
Jap’s eye for external urethral opening: both Jap and allusion to slant / slit eye

3/21/21: The St.Patrick’s Day spriticide:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2021/03/21/the-st-patricks-day-spriticide/]
paddy for an Irishman

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3. fag(got), F-word, etc.

AZ, 7/4/06: Avoiding the other F-word:
[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/003319.html]

AZ, 1/23/07: On the offensive language beat: use vs. mention, avoidance:
[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/004086.html]

GP, 3/6/07: Calling people faggot:
[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/004277.html]

ML, 8/18/09: Think B4 you speak: Think B4 you speak

9/23/09: Lifting shirts:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2009/09/23/lifting-shirts/]
shirt-lifter

ML, 11/5/09: The F word: The F word

GP, 2/12/11: That little faggot, he’s a millionaire: That little faggot
banned in Canada

11/24/14: fairy X
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2014/11/24/fairy-x/]
including homosexual sense of fairy

11/4/15: Bullshido, bullshtein, and cork soakers:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2015/11/04/bullshido-bullshtein-and-cork-soakers/]
cocksucker as anti-gay slur

12/6/15: Gay Porn Portal:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2015/12/06/gay-porn-portal/]
cocksucker ‘fellator’, ‘gay man, queer’ neutrally, as anti-gay slur, as generalized insult

3/12/16: Fruit loops:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2016/03/12/fruit-loops/]
fruit as well as fag and fairy

5/17/16: Pebbles:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2016/05/17/pebbles/]
fruity

10/21/16: Another Spanish lesson:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2016/10/21/another-spanish-lesson/]
butterfly (boy)

11/25/16: Swish Zwicky:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2016/11/25/swish-zwicky/]
swish, nelly

1/8/17: The highly evolved fashion sense of faggots:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2017/01/08/the-highly-evolved-fashion-sense-of-faggots/]
Italian frocio ‘faggot, queer’

1/31/17: fudge:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2017/01/31/fudge/]
fudge-packer ‘homosexual man, faggot’ (from butt-fucking as the characteristic practice of faggots

2/8/17: The rarest of slurs:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2017/02/08/the-rarest-of-slurs/]
red rider: dubious as anti-gay slur

4/4/17: Quick, Bruce, the blat!:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2017/04/04/quick-bruce-the-blat/]
slurs for gay men: flit, fruit

4/15/17: The maiden, the monster, and the hero:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2017/04/15/the-maiden-the-monster-and-the-hero/]
homo, sissy

4/16/17: Out gay male bands:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2017/04/16/out-gay-male-bands/]
in-your-face uses of fruit, pansy, fag

4/17/17: Chub and chums in the morning:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2017/04/17/chub-and-chums-in-the-morning/]
bum chum, butt buddy, asshole buddy

8/16/17: Gay slurs in New Zealand:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2017/08/16/gay-slurs-in-new-zealand/]
fag(got)

9/26/17: In the faggot zone:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2017/09/26/in-the-faggot-zone/]
faggot, fuckboy

11/18/17: Fruity Fruit Froot:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2017/11/18/fruity-fruit-froot/]

11/25/17: Pillowtalk:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2017/11/25/pillowtalk/]
shirt-lifter, pillow-biter

5/17/18: Deshagged and pedicured:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2018/05/17/deshagged-and-pedicured/]
fag(got), fairy, fruit, flit, pansy, poof, queen, homo

5/30/18: Punks:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2018/05/30/punks/]

9/14/18: Fruit cream tarts, one with pansy:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2018/09/14/fruit-cream-tarts-one-with-pansy/]
fruit, tart, pansy

11/1/18: Sweet stuff:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2018/11/01/sweet-stuff/]
fruit(y)

11/4/18: Panda Puffs and Fruity Pandas:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2018/11/04/panda-puffs-and-fruity-pandas/]
fruity, poof

12/12/18: Meaty faggots:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2018/12/12/meaty-faggots/]

4/8/19: Annals of cultural cluelessness:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2019/04/08/annals-of-cultural-cluelessness/]
fruit

7/11/19: Three Pride moments:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2019/07/11/three-pride-moments/]
fruit (in section on avocados)

7/22/19: The boys of Boris Beauville:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2019/07/22/the-boys-of-boris-beauville/]
various slurs, but especially bumboy

8/1/20: Nuancy Nancy:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2020/08/01/nuancy-nancy/]
nancy (boy)

8/20/20: Hard crusin’ Daddy:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2020/08/20/hard-cruisin-daddy/]
fag

8/28/20: Hola Queridx:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2020/08/28/hola-queridx/]
Sp. marica, maricón; faggot

1/31/21: Don’t ask!:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2021/01/31/dont-ask/]
Yiddish feygele (with other orthographic variants)

4. Other sexual(ity) slurs

RS, 7/17/05: Adverbial license:
[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/002338.html]
dyke

5/29/11: sluts:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2011/05/29/sluts/]
slut

5/19/12: New words from John Waters:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2012/05/19/new-words-from-john-waters/]
blouse

10/7/13: bitch:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2013/10/07/bitch/]
bitch

4/3/15: sluts:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2015/04/03/sluts-2/]

9/4/18: Brush away the blue-tailed skink:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2018/09/04/brush-away-the-blue-tailed-skink/]
skank

6/17/20: Smearing and taunting:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2020/06/17/smearing-and-taunting/]
pussy

3/30/21: Tramp stamps:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2021/03/30/tramp-stamps/]
tramp, slag

5. Other slurs

Jesse Sheidlower, 4/6/06, in Slate:
[http://www.slate.com/id/2139453/]
scumbag

BZ, 4/13/06: A brief history of “spaz”:
[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/003020.html]

BZ, 7/12/08: Times bowdlerizes column on Times bowdlerization: Times bowdlerizes column
scumbag

ML, 9/11/09: Parliamentary decorum: Parliamentary decorum
[an assortment of slurs and abusive terms]

AZ, 11/15/09: The rise of douche: The rise of douche

AZ, 12/20/09: Trash-talking:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2009/12/20/trash-talking/]

AZ, 12/24/11: -tards:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2011/02/24/tards/]

AZ, 12/27/11: Annals of slurs:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2011/02/27/annals-of-slurs/]
mental retardation

AZ, 3/4/12: On the avoidance watch:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2012/03/04/on-the-avoidance-watch/]
illegitimate, retarded

8/31/12: Spasticus Autisticus:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2012/08/31/spasticus-autisticus/]
spastic

12/3/12: derpy:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2012/12/03/derpy/]
derpy; general remarks on disparagements

10/7/13: dickhead, butthead, whatever:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2013/10/07/dickhead-butthead-whatever/]
dickhead, butthead, asshole, etc.

3/18/15: Knob in a red top:
[http://arnoldzwicky.org/2015/03/18/knob-in-a-red-top/]
British knob (‘penis’) as insult (similar to dick, prick)

6/25/16: Annals of invective: tweets from Scotland:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2016/06/25/annals-of-invective-tweets-from-scotland/]
an assortment of British invective against Donald J. Trump

7/16/16: oiks, yobs, and prats:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2016/07/16/oiks-yobs-and-prats/]
British slurs

7/17/16: More British slurs:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2016/07/17/more-british-slurs/]
chav

12/4/16: International Day of Persons with Disabilities:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2016/12/04/international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities/]
cripple, crip, ?handicapped, ?disabled

1/13/17: Sticks and stones:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2017/01/13/sticks-and-stones/]
on slurs, and swearing in general

2/26/17: More piggery:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2017/02/26/more-piggery/]
derogatory uses of pig, based on ‘greedy, dirty, or unpleasant’ in the stereotype of pigs

4/11/17: hockey puck:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2017/04/11/hockey-puck/]
Don Rickles: dummy, inventive insult hockey puck

4/15/17: The maiden, the monster, and the hero:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2017/04/15/the-maiden-the-monster-and-the-hero/]
asshole, stupid

5/3/17: A musical decline:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2017/05/03/a-musical-decline/]
redneck, hillbilly, yokel, etc.

6/6/17: Griffy Dimwit:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2017/06/06/griffy-dimwit/]
dimwit, dunce, …

8/21/17: Nazis and neo-Nazis:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2017/08/21/nazis-and-neo-nazis/]
derogatory Nazi

9/29/17: douché!:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2017/09/29/douche/]
douche, douchebag, douché

12/17/17: Moby Chick, Moby Duck, Moby Dip:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2017/12/17/moby-chick-moby-duck-moby-dip/]
prick

4/14/18: Tail caps:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2018/04/14/tail-caps/]
asshead, asshat

5/12/18: For Mothers Day:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2018/05/12/for-mothers-day/]
motherfucker, mother

9/21/19: For gay peguins, science, and Canada!:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2019/02/21/for-gay-penguins-science-and-canada/]
retard, libtard

5/1/19: Here we come a-frankerin’:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2019/05/01/here-we-come-a-frankerin/]
tosser, wanker ‘masturbator; fool’

8/9/20: August flora and fauna:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2020/08/09/august-flora-and-fauna/]
slut

9/4/20: candy-ass faggots:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2020/09/04/candy-ass-faggots/]
faggot and cocksucker as generalized insults

4/1/21: dildo, the insult:
[https://arnoldzwicky.org/2021/04/01/dildo-the-insult/]

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6. Other offensive language

ML, 7/10/08: Political castration:
[Political castration]
nuts in “cut his nuts off”


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