The word "Paki" debate...

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Muslim, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

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    You can only judge the offensiveness of a word by how offensive it is felt by the people that the word describes.
    That would usually be related to the degree of hatred and oppression exerted by the people who use that word against them as an insult.
    And the power that those people had over them.

    Probably the most offensive word is C***.
    Followed by N*****.

    When people become emancipated, words previously found very offensive can actually be adopted by the people who were formerly insulted by them.
    For example nigger, previously asterisked, as a term used between Black Americans for each other, is a sign of progress. It's OK when they use it, so the asterisks are not needed.

    Women, however, are still not using the word C***.

    Paki comes quite a bit down the list, but it is still a word that an educated person should be expected not to use.
     
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  3. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    A very bad word to me is the word "uneducated".
     
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  5. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

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  7. shorty_37 Go! Canada Go! Registered Senior Member

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    Yeah I hate that word! I cringe when I hear it. I have never been called that but if I was I was be really

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    I have used the word Paki but only amongst ppl I know. I wouldn't go running around using that word in public.
     
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  8. Enmos Staff Member

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    I honestly don't see what's so horrible about the word Paki.. it's just an abbreviation :shrug:
     
  9. shorty_37 Go! Canada Go! Registered Senior Member

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    What about the word C***?
     
  10. Enmos Staff Member

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    What word is that ?
     
  11. shorty_37 Go! Canada Go! Registered Senior Member

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    Don't play stupid Enmos....

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    C**T
     
  12. Enmos Staff Member

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    lol
    I guess nowadays that word is only used as a curse word.

    Edit: I guess it's equivalent to "dick".
     
  13. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    I don't consider the word nigger to be offensive, after all, Indians were called that by the British, so it must be the Queens language

    As for cunt, I've discovered its very popular with the genteel male today. But mostly in private messages. The same gentlemen claim to never say "fuck off" to anyone, so its clearly not the most offensive term.
     
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    :m:
     
  15. leopold Valued Senior Member

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    what does brown skin have to do with anything? trying to play the race card?
    can you tell the difference between a japanese born in japan and one born in america? can you tell the difference between a japanese and a chinese? taiwanese? korean? vietmanese?
    what does "brown" have to do with anything?
     
  16. Michael 歌舞伎 Valued Senior Member

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    I know, I know, but the fact is that's the way it is. Probably most of the Indians that migrate are a bit British and therefor share our modern value system and many of the Pakistani are Middle Eastern and seem like superstitious throwbacks.

    Then there was a series of gang-rapes of high school girls by Pakistani boys.
    The London bombings.
    The who cartoon thing.
    The whole "Down with Australia" oh, but I'll collect my Dole check thank you very much thing...

    etc...

    Indian come here, integrate, work hard, are smart, don't seem overtly superstitious (or if so no more than a modern Xian and they keep it to themselves) and in short integrate very very well.
     
  17. Dr Lou Natic Unnecessary Surgeon Registered Senior Member

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    What a stupid thing to say. They are the same thing, they were one country that was arbitrarily divided quite recently.
     
  18. Dr Lou Natic Unnecessary Surgeon Registered Senior Member

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    I just noticed you go on to say-
    So you know that, but why "the average american"? No one can tell the difference, indians can't tell the difference.
     
  19. Medicine*Woman Jesus: Mythstory--Not History! Valued Senior Member

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    M*W: I don't think "Paki" is meant to be derogatory, but then I'm not Pakistanian. Why not just call them "Paks?" The rest of the world call us "Yankees" or "Yanks" for short. To me a "Yankee" is someone from the Northern USA.
     
  20. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

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    You don't find the word nigger applied to Indians offensive.
    It meant that they were considered of low worth and could be abused with impunity.
    What words do you find offensive, then?
     
  21. Muslim Immortal Valued Senior Member

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    Generalize much? :bugeye: I'm a Pakistani am not even a Muslim am an atheist, you can't get any more British then that. Anyway my dads a Pakistani his a non Practising Muslim but his a millionaire... In fact most Pakistanis in the UK are self employed. Check the census. My dad could have moved his factories to India and saved costs in wages, but he does not like Indians thus = more British jobs. My father employs over 2000+ workers.
     
  22. Muslim Immortal Valued Senior Member

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    I mean I'd just prefer it if you guys just called us by our names...
     
  23. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    That's what I said to begin with.

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