slurs, verbal harassment, etc.


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

CP, 10/11/03: The conventions for expressive content words:

ML, 9/22/04: Three vs. four asterisks at Boondocks:

RS, 3/17/06: The N-word in the news again:

AZ, 5/11/06: The hispanicization of American baseball, the status of Puerto Rico, and the achievements of Roberto Clemente:

JM, 5/31/06: “What up, nick–?”:

HH, 12/9/06: Linguistic cartoon update update:

GP, 12/11/06: Nigger, nigger, on the wall:

GP, 2/2/07: Taboos of the nation:

HH, 3/30/07: Oliver/Wilmore investigates: N-word!:

BZ, 3/30/07: More N-word meta-humor:

3/6/11: Obscenity and literary merit:

1/25/12: “a word now shunned”:

3/26/12: Flat denial:

4/16/12: Using a racial slur:
avoidance of nigger

6/12/12: Plain talk in the NYT:
using nigger; avoiding it

8/3/12: On the taboo/slur watch:
avoiding nigger and nigga

11/2/15: David Hammons:

11/3/15: Minstrelsy:

2. Other ethnic and racial slurs

GN, 10/7/03: Fenimore Cooper, call your office:

CP, 10/11/03: The conventions for expressive content words:

BPo, 12/23/04: Kemosabe:

RS, 7/17/05: Adverbial license:

BZ, 8/16/06: Makaku, Macaco, Macaque, Macaca…

ML, 8/19/06: More on macaca-gate:

BZ, 9/22/06: Macaca-watch continues:

DB, 1/21/07: Lumps in the melting pot:
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 and other UK linguistic news

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

Racial epithets, pragmatics, and semantics

2/20/12: The Chink files:

3/9/12: At 8:
slant, slope

4/23/12: me no likie:
pidgin Chinese in things like No tickee no washee

8/30/12: Brief mention: Chink, the slur 8/30/12:

10/1/12: On the ethnic slur watch:

4/28/13: chicano:
etymology and history

10/30/15: French laundry, Hostess products, and incoherent ramblings:
French laundry (versus Chinese laundry)

11/23/15: Using an ethnic slur:
NYT: a slur for the Chinese, not identified

3/19/16: Cheech:
Chicano/chicano as derogatory of Mexican-Americans, since largely

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

AZ, 7/4/06: Avoiding the other F-word:

AZ, 1/23/07: On the offensive language beat: use vs. mention, avoidance:

GP, 3/6/07: Calling people faggot:

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

Think B4 You Speak

9/23/09: Lifting shirts:

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

The F Word

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

That little faggot, he’s a millionaire

banned in Canada

11/24/14: fairy X
including homosexual sense of fairy

11/4/15: Bullshido, bullshtein, and cork soakers:
cocksucker as anti-gay slur

12/6/15: Gay Porn Portal:
cocksucker ‘fellator’, ‘gay man, queer’ neutrally, as anti-gay slur, as generalized insult

3/12/16: Fruit loops:
fruit as well as fag and fairy

5/17/16: Pebbles:

10/21/16: Another Spanish lesson:
butterfly (boy)

11/25/16: Swish Zwicky:
swish, nelly

1/8/17: The highly evolved fashion sense of faggots:
Italian frocio ‘faggot, queer’

1/31/17: fudge:
fudge-packer ‘homosexual man, faggot’ (from butt-fucking as the characteristic practice of faggots

2/8/17: The rarest of slurs:
red rider: dubious as anti-gay slur

4. Other sexual(ity) slurs

RS, 7/17/05: Adverbial license:

5/29/11: sluts:

5/19/12: New words from John Waters:

10/7/13: bitch:

4/3/15: sluts:

5. Other slurs

Jesse Sheidlower, 4/6/06, in Slate:

BZ, 4/13/06: A brief history of “spaz”:

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

Times bowdlerizes column on Times bowdlerization


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:

AZ, 12/24/11: -tards:

AZ, 12/27/11: Annals of slurs:
mental retardation

AZ, 3/4/12: On the avoidance watch:
illegitimate, retarded

8/31/12: Spasticus Autisticus:

12/3/12: derpy:
derpy; general remarks on disparagements

10/7/13: dickhead, butthead, whatever:
dickhead, butthead, asshole, etc.

3/18/15: Knob in a red top:
British knob (‘penis’) as insult (similar to dick, prick)

6/25/16: Annals of invective: tweets from Scotland:
an assortment of British invective against Donald J. Trump

7/16/16: oiks, yobs, and prats:
British slurs

7/17/16: More British slurs:

12/4/16: International Day of Persons with Disabilities:
cripple, crip, ?handicapped, ?disabled

1/13/17: Sticks and stones:
on slurs, and swearing in general

2/26/17: More piggery:
derogatory uses of pig, based on ‘greedy, dirty, or unpleasant’ in the stereotype of pigs

6. Other offensive language

ML, 7/10/08: Political castration: ML, 7/10/08: Political castration:

Political castration

nuts in “cut his nuts off”

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