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07-03-2014, 06:55 PM
Does context matter?
We're all aware that certain words carry negative connotations. There can be legal repercussion (at least in the UK, I'm unsure about other places) for using such words and the negative stigma attached to anyone who does can be horrific.

Here's the question. Does context matter? Should the situation and intent be taken into account where such words are involved (meaning they can be considered offensive at some times and benign at others), or are they always equally offensive regardless of the situation and intent?

Thoughts anyone?

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07-03-2014, 07:06 PM
RE: Does context matter?
(07-03-2014 06:55 PM)Hughsie Wrote:  We're all aware that certain words carry negative connotations. There can be legal repercussion (at least in the UK, I'm unsure about other places) for using such words and the negative stigma attached to anyone who does can be horrific.

Here's the question. Does context matter? Should the situation and intent be taken into account where such words are involved (meaning they can be considered offensive at some times and benign at others), or are they always equally offensive regardless of the situation and intent?

Thoughts anyone?

Yes, and honestly it is repulsive that England criminalises speech. Not only is context important but you also have to consider the source.

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07-03-2014, 08:20 PM
RE: Does context matter?
There are a few words that bug me, no matter how they're used or their context.

There are other words that make me sad when they're used and even I'm guilty of sometimes using them.

Context doesn't really matter to me.

Does the UK really have words you can be arrested for saying?


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07-03-2014, 08:30 PM
RE: Does context matter?
Offense is relative. So, yeah, I'd say context matters.

What's more, words should never be criminalized. And I mean never.

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07-03-2014, 08:48 PM
RE: Does context matter?
(07-03-2014 08:20 PM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  There are a few words that bug me, no matter how they're used or their context.

There are other words that make me sad when they're used and even I'm guilty of sometimes using them.

Context doesn't really matter to me.

Does the UK really have words you can be arrested for saying?

So I should stop using the C word?

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07-03-2014, 09:50 PM
RE: Does context matter?
Context does matter, and it separates offense from self-mockery, right ?

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07-03-2014, 10:18 PM
RE: Does context matter?
Yes - to me - context matters. Smartass

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07-03-2014, 10:31 PM
RE: Does context matter?
Depends on the word for me.
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07-03-2014, 10:45 PM
RE: Does context matter?
Context matters a lot in my opinion. Unless the word in irregardless. Capital Punishment for using that word. Yuck!

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07-03-2014, 10:48 PM
RE: Does context matter?
(07-03-2014 10:45 PM)LostandInsecure Wrote:  Context matters a lot in my opinion. Unless the word in irregardless. Capital Punishment for using that word. Yuck!

So you're saying that it's a word now?

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