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I would like members to compile a list of certain 'words' that, in their culture, may find offensive to use on CT threads. Silly? :confused: Not sure if it is. I've noted that today, I used the word, "Jap", and one US member found it offensive. Is "Jap" offensive? Is being called a "Yank" offensive? I've found the use of words spoken or written in a certain context offensive/not offensive.

I have no desire to introduce any political correctness here. The world has been smothered by it. I do, however, understand some people may draw offence. Me, I don't get easily offended. Mostly, it's "water off a ducks back".
 

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Probably not too practical attempting to compile a list of offensive words on a forum. It would quickly degrade into an excuse to post every racist slur under the sun. Most forum software will automatically filter out seriously offensive words anyway. (don't know about this forum :-k )

Here's a good compilation of words to avoid.
List of ethnic slurs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Agree that political correctness has got out of hand. We need to understand that people from different cultures and age groups can have very different views on what is acceptible. When someone accidently offends they will usually offer an immediate apology. It is up to the other party to accept this apology and move on.
 

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Probably not too practical attempting to compile a list of offensive words on a forum. It would quickly degrade into an excuse to post every racist slur under the sun. Most forum software will automatically filter out seriously offensive words anyway. (don't know about this forum :-k )

Here's a good compilation of words to avoid.
List of ethnic slurs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
thats funny!

"COON" here in aus... there are ads on TV, marketing campaigns in the print media for "COON" cheese

here is the web site Enjoy COON at breakfast, lunch, dinner, slice it for sandwiches, melt it in jaffles or toasties

common sense should prevail... some things in life are just innocent!! and we should not have 'do gooders' turn nice into evil and run over the silent majority

for the record i own a jap car... it means it was made in japan, nothing more...
 

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I have never been wealthy enough to be offended!... Oils, doing this would just give some morally constipated bigot something to bitch about... Hey I resemble that remark...funny about that... Seriously aren't we above all this? I thought this was a forum about cars and how to enjoy them.. People "take" offense rather than people "give" offense.. As long at it is not directed and intentional who would really care... Not this black duck (or any other low spectral reflected game bird! )..

Stuart.....
 

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Hey I thought Buddhahead was a business partner of Cheech and Chong!!!!!!
 

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As simple as ABC

My wife is called Ann

I eat an apple

Aunt Sally is a game of skittles in the pub

I eat a banana

I wear a beanie

My washing machinre is a Bosch

I sit on the bog

I gave my helpful neighbour a bung

My Labrador dog is a breed

I eat a Bounty Bar

My daughter was a Brownie

My son is Charlie

I saw a chink of light

I chug along

I crack a coconut

At Christmas I pull a cracker

This morning I shot a crow

And according to Wikipedia I have now offended folk right around the world using everyday words in their correct context in the English language, and I have only got as far as ABC!

What a load of utter bollocks!
 

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At times like this, I'm glad I'm an Aussie, live here (as in Oz) and I know what part of the planet I live on........the best part it seems!! Even the [email protected]@dy Union Jack has a place here, along with the refo's, Kiwi's and the rest of the planet that chooses to call this place 'home'. "Water off a ducks back"; seems to work alright then.

Nooby, you could almost become an Aussie with your wit. My kind of wit.

And for the record:

COON Cheese | 100% natural, COON Tasty, COON Extra Tasty, COON Light & Tasty, COON Colby, COON Swiss

look, it's actually white! Same as my Gerry Passat and Jap Navara....in a respectful context.
 

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It's the way one uses them

As simple as ABC

My wife is called Ann

I eat an apple

Aunt Sally is a game of skittles in the pub

I eat a banana

I wear a beanie

My washing machinre is a Bosch

I sit on the bog

I gave my helpful neighbour a bung

My Labrador dog is a breed

I eat a Bounty Bar

My daughter was a Brownie

My son is Charlie

I saw a chink of light

I chug along

I crack a coconut

At Christmas I pull a cracker

This morning I shot a crow

And according to Wikipedia I have now offended folk right around the world using everyday words in their correct context in the English language, and I have only got as far as ABC!

What a load of utter bollocks!
None of these raise a red flag in my mind, but use of the short form word "jap" would tag a speaker here in the US as at least déclassé, or as a bigot, depending on crowd and circumstance... If your parents or grandparents had spent time in an American internment camp, I imagine as a natural born American of Japanese decent you'd see it differently... But I'm assuming this based upon my age and experience. I could be wrong... One sets one self apart by ones speech and habits. This is largely an exercise in language and social decorum. My view from this side of the pond.
 

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Typically the moderator group will edit out any personal attacks or anyone making malicious fun anyone else...otherwise the forum is comprised of members that are generally mature and able to self regulate.

I think a list would be nearly impossible to compile...and we also must keep in mind that a number of cultures around the world come together on this board, its mostly dominated by English speaking cultures (ie: US, UK, Australia, Canada, South Africa...the colonies so to speak) and we all tend to have our own dialects and mannerisms. Everyone also has a different writing style

It shouldn't be too difficult to politely keep all of our collective selves "in line"
 

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As Noobytoogy started so I’ll continue… I don’t think that anyone in a right mind can possibly remember all words which might be offensive to this or that group of different cultural or ethnical or whatever backgrounds. I firmly believe that the words become offensive when used with a particular context in mind or perhaps a tune in which they are spoken. Anyone in a right mind, knowing that not all people can possibly remember all words which might be offensive to him/her, will not feel offended hearing a word from unknowledgeable one - which otherwise will sound offensive used in his/her own environment. Make not this comment as sound of offense if you please, but when a person finds offense where no offense was meant it simply speaks about how low this person self-respect is and how insecure this person feels in his own skin. This is rather psychological not a social issue.

P.S. Alas, there is no “Smile” for being gravely serious, otherwise I’d put it at the end of the last fraise.
 

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Notwithstanding the bit of fun I had earlier, it is good to see a sensible discussion about this kind of thing that has so far brought comment from countries in both hemispheres of this world, each of which were once ruled by lil' old Great Britain!

Now if THAT isn't offensive to someone . . . . .:twisted:
 

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It is probably safe to presume that when the "J" word was used, the offended individual was not the target (despite his/her feelings to the contrary). If he/she is/was so sensitive to the presence of such a word, that individual may have larger personal issues to resolve. If so, I'd bet August and December are awkward months for them if here in the states. I am offended by very little, but at the same time, I would not like to be considered insensitive.
 

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So, it seems that culture and ethenicity are the key factors in what could otherwise could be construed as a "storm in a tea cup". Interesting to further consider nationality as abbreviated in common language - none of these are offensive within Australia:

Canuck = Canada
Thai = Thailand
Arab = Middle East
Kiwi - New Zealand
Pom = England
Yank = North America
Pole = Poland
Jap = Japanese
Paki = Pakistan
Frog = France
Iti = Italy
Gerry = Germany

It goes on........

Context that is offensive, as in this example is, "slant eyed Jap"...sensitive to some due to past conflict.

Probably more so than in the US and most other nations, Australia has a long history of cultural assimilation and multi-culturism and there is tolerance here. Offence is only committed when it's expressed, uttered or written in a derogatory way.

So, back to CT. IMO, the general nature of thread discussion and comment is well intended and received.
 

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So, back to CT. IMO, the general nature of thread discussion and comment is well intended and received.
. . . . except when we thrash you at cricket and rugby and your teams are too useless to grow chokos on their backyard dunnies.

And what will you do for a face when the monkey wants it's ar$e back, cobber?:lol:
 

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. . . . except when we thrash you at cricket and rugby and your teams are too useless to grow chokos on their backyard dunnies.

And what will you do for a face when the monkey wants it's ar$e back, cobber?:lol:
Sad but true, Australia........a land of convicts since 1788.......settled by riff-raff from the motherland no-less. Still, you'll note the Union Jack has a place on our flag. BTW, 4.5% GDP here........you know what I mean if you consult No 10:(. Plus, our steering wheel is on the correct side as is yours.:)
 

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I wish I was young enough to qualify for joining you or the bloody Kiwis.

This place is turning into a complete crock of ****e!
 

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I wish I was young enough to qualify for joining you or the bloody Kiwis.

This place is turning into a complete crock of ****e!
Enoch would not be impressed!!!:mad: Turning in his grave I suspect. BTW - we're on a similar path. Hopefully, some elected person here will see fit to peer back into history and deem that the brakes need to be applied to aspects of 'back door migration'.
 

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One of the BIG challenges for moderators is how English is used differently in different places. What is polite or socially acceptable in one place may be offensive in another. Context is king however and if it seems that offense was intended the actually words used don't matter. If terms like Jap, cracker, chink and others and are used to diminish people of those descents or a culture then they fail the "be Nice" standard of the forum. On the flip side if the word cracker (for example) is used in support of cheese and a glass of wine then it's fair use...

The devils in the details where these terms are concerned and they are a daily headache for the site team.
 
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