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Poll: Why do words offend you? (199 votes)

They cut like a knife. 13%
Your mother told me so. 7%
Sometimes...but not really. 20%
Words less than actions. 21%
Never offended by words. 39%

Why do you offend me with your words? You speak but wish not to listen. You argue but allow no rebuttal. Why do you offend me?

You don't actually. It's only when I'm in a heightened sense of discourse that I ever feel offended. But I get over it quick. When I'm drunk, it's worse. I will fuck your shit up motherfuckin sombitchin asshole. But I love you so much. Don't leave...

In forums, we fuck the same. We fuck them all and watch them fall. Sometimes, but not really.

#1 Posted by falserelic (5278 posts) -

But who do we fuck?

#2 Posted by Video_Game_King (35833 posts) -

Because they can significantly devalue my own sense of self confidence?

#4 Posted by RVonE (4601 posts) -

Your answer categories do not fit the question.

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#5 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

@rvone said:

Your answer categories do not fit the question.

My poll offends you?

#6 Posted by iAmJohn (6107 posts) -

I approve of this forum-based performance art.

#7 Posted by planetfunksquad (399 posts) -

Life offends me.

#8 Posted by SunBroZak (981 posts) -

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me.

#9 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

Life offends me.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me.

but a forum brought words from a keyboard mouth that offend not only me, but my GOD and damnation living in HELL.

#10 Edited by Video_Game_King (35833 posts) -

@claude said:

@video_game_king said:

Because they can significantly devalue my own sense of self confidence?

You suck ass King. You're a liar. There is no Moon. Therefore, you're no King.

Let me ask you this: was it your goal to devalue my own sense of self worth with those words?

#12 Posted by CaLe (3897 posts) -

Depends on who they come from. If I respect a person then their words are much more likely to offend me than if it's someone I don't know or don't respect. I can, however, make myself laugh with my own words... and I am probably the only one who laughs at them. Stupid words... I didn't like you anyway.

And Claude, I'll have you know that you are well respected around these parts, so your words carry more weight than most. Do with that power what you will, just know that real human lives hang in the balance.

#13 Posted by Fredchuckdave (5182 posts) -

What a terrible first post. I'm a white male so words can not offend me inherently.

#14 Posted by Bell_End (1208 posts) -

school holls get boring don't they

#15 Edited by Daneian (1202 posts) -

Depends on context. If person meant no offense by it, I take no offense from it.

#16 Edited by Claude (16254 posts) -

@cale said:

Depends on who they come from. If I respect a person then their words are much more likely to offend me than if it's someone I don't know or don't respect. I can, however, make myself laugh with my own words... and I am probably the only one who laughs at them. Stupid words... I didn't like you anyway.

And Claude, I'll have you know that you are well respected around these parts, so your words carry more weight than most. Do with that power what you will, just know that real human lives hang in the balance.

Oh my, I do not allow such thoughts to enter my mind. I speak as I wish. You are all real to me. I do not speak as a freak. I am of this world and am not made up of the internet. Speak to me. I will respond in kind. I have the power only to connect. I write words. I can offend. I love you all.

#17 Posted by JasonR86 (9587 posts) -

They don't but intentions can.

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#18 Edited by Fallen189 (4931 posts) -

@claude said:

@video_game_king said:

@claude said:

@video_game_king said:

Because they can significantly devalue my own sense of self confidence?

You suck ass King. You're a liar. There is no Moon. Therefore, you're no King.

Let me ask you this: was it your goal to devalue my own sense of self worth with those words?

You have no self worth to devalue. You write blogs anonymously on Giant Bomb dot com. You...do not exist.

Word

#19 Posted by Sploder (917 posts) -

Words ain't nothing but tricks and marks, bitch

#20 Edited by Demoskinos (14520 posts) -

Words only carry the power you give em.

#21 Posted by Capum15 (4792 posts) -

, bitch.

#22 Posted by Clonedzero (4048 posts) -

Words? Never. Only stupid people are offended by a word itself.

Context and intentions can offend however.

#23 Posted by alwaysbebombing (1511 posts) -

@capum15 said:

, bitch.

Give him the one finger salute, motherfucker.

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#24 Posted by IAmNotBatman (626 posts) -

I don't know what's going on, but I like it!

#25 Edited by ProfessorK (813 posts) -
#27 Posted by LikeaSsur (1487 posts) -

You're missing the most obvious of answers: Because of the malice/hate behind them, given by the person speaking them.

#28 Edited by spraynardtatum (2528 posts) -

So many people think they're hard and don't get offended by words. You're insane if you think that.

In my opinion that is basically saying you've never had an argument.

#29 Posted by pyromagnestir (4195 posts) -

It's not so much the words that offend, it's the thoughts and feelings which they trigger inside me. Thoughts such as these:

I am sad and stupid and alone and worthless and nothing will ever change that.

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#31 Posted by ch3burashka (4992 posts) -

@claude said:

@rvone said:

Your answer categories do not fit the question.

My poll offends you?

Don't y'all just love inside jokes you don't get?

Swearing is usually representative of that person's level of intellect - the more they swear, the less word they apparently know to use appropriately. Sometimes it's fine, but it gets less so as you grow older. It just reminds me of being in 5th grade when swearing was cool...

#33 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (3766 posts) -

I choose not to be offended BY words but to offend the words themselves.

#34 Posted by RVonE (4601 posts) -

@claude: You and I go back all the way to the start of this site. How could any product of your twisted mind possibly offend me? I love you, man.

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#35 Posted by Seedofpower (3925 posts) -

I'm offended when a man sits at a table and only eats half his meal.

#36 Edited by CaLe (3897 posts) -
To mean something by means of speech is nothing less than a weakened form of magical binding.
“People get the language they deserve. The language is made by the people who use it, and they can unmake it too. If they are foolish and fatuous, their speech and writing will be foolish and fatuous and over time will shape the language itself so that it can perfectly express their folly and fatuity.”
… all words through their very nature as symbols are capable of conjuring up something in our minds… This process of mental evocation, then, we can safely take as the most fundamental act of verbal magic.

#37 Posted by joshwent (2054 posts) -

This is the worst

#38 Edited by Levio (1782 posts) -

People are evolved to live in a social tribe and take insults as seriously as physical threats because social relations could directly affect their chances for survival.

To expect people to just defy their evolved instincts regarding this matter is incredibly naive at best.

#39 Edited by jakob187 (21640 posts) -

@claude said:

@rvone said:

Your answer categories do not fit the question.

My poll offends you?

What if your "pole" offends them?

A bigger life question: who the fuck fuckin' cares? If you fuckin' care, does that mean that the other motherfucker wins? What is winning when there is nothing to lose?

#40 Edited by TheManWithNoPlan (5138 posts) -

I'm not offended by words themselves. I only draw issue if they're used in a malicious context towards someone.

#41 Posted by TyrellOCP (327 posts) -

I think Claude might be a bit drunk.

And in response to your question, words become offensive depending on the context. If one of my mates called me a cunt, I'd laugh and think nothing of it. If a stranger called me a cunt, I'd be hurt and wonder what I did to provoke them.

The word it's self is just a noise, it's the meaning behind it that has the real power. If somebody were to speak to me in a foreign language I didn't understand in a sweet tone but really call me "A human piece of shit mother fucking cock sucking bag of dicks" I'd be none the wise.

In conclusion; context is everything and go and sleep it off, Claude.

#42 Edited by Brodehouse (9521 posts) -

Words don't offend me, people and their attitudes do. The words are innocent, it's the asshole who's offensive. Two friends saying "hey what's up _____" is not offensive. A person saying "kill all ______" is offensive. But we're stupid so we blame the word. And granted, we might not always know someone's intent when they use language, but that's communication. You can either find out more or move on.

That said, I notice I get agitated as soon as I read the phrase 'offends me'. As soon as someone attempts to play victim because they heard someone say something they don't like I'm... well, offended.

#43 Posted by Mezmero (1768 posts) -

The most offensive word I know of in the English language is "snitch". To my knowledge there's not a man alive who likes being told that they actually enjoy telling the truth to the authorities. How dare they even suggest that! I abstain.

#44 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

Certain words are not aesthetically pleasing. These words must be destroyed.

#45 Edited by Brodehouse (9521 posts) -

@mezmero said:

The most offensive word I know of in the English language is "snitch". To my knowledge there's not a man alive who likes being told that they actually enjoy telling the truth to the authorities. How dare they even suggest that! I abstain.

That's why they get stitches.

#46 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -

It gets even more annoying when people use abbreviations for those words and it becomes OK.

WHAT'S THE F'ING POINT? EVERYONE THINKS THAT WORD WHEN IT IS ABBREVIATED, YOU F'ING MORONS. BUNCH OF OVER-SENSITIVE C-NTS. IT MEANS THE SAME THING.

#47 Posted by Deadlydog (139 posts) -

Okay so i chose the first one, but now i'm not even sure wtf you are asking and i have no clue.

#48 Edited by Deadlydog (139 posts) -

@mezmero: That's true to some degree i would say, I prefer to be honest but with police you should not always be honest and usually it's best to say "I WANT MY LAWYER". Don't talk to police if you are being accused of something kids.

#49 Posted by Brendan (7667 posts) -

Its not words. Its what words represent.

#50 Posted by Hunter5024 (5508 posts) -

@mcghee said:

It gets even more annoying when people use abbreviations for those words and it becomes OK.

WHAT'S THE F'ING POINT? EVERYONE THINKS THAT WORD WHEN IT IS ABBREVIATED, YOU F'ING MORONS. BUNCH OF OVER-SENSITIVE C-NTS. IT MEANS THE SAME THING.

You're such a Z-word McGhee.