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17-12-2014, 11:54 PM
dumbest question ever
why does adding the word the before an insult make it a complement.

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17-12-2014, 11:57 PM
RE: dumbest question ever
Example, please?
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18-12-2014, 12:01 AM
RE: dumbest question ever
1. i had noticed that there are times when people oput themselves down and this is a tactic to cheer them up. for example my friend called himself a piece of shit and I said. " you not a piece of shit you the shit, and he laughed and tool it as a complement. also works with bitch and most insults. your the asshole or the idiot.

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18-12-2014, 12:30 AM
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In your specific example: Because it differentiates somebody from normal shit. They're a platonic ideal of shit; unique and special.

It also takes ownership over the term, if you take pride in an appelation then you rob it of it's power. See also: Fag, twink, bitch, redneck, bogan, yuppie and nigger.

In general: People are weird.

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18-12-2014, 12:32 AM
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thanx............. lol.

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18-12-2014, 12:40 AM (This post was last modified: 18-12-2014 12:54 AM by Nurse.)
RE: dumbest question ever
Because you're taking ownership of the word and turning it into something awesome, something positive. It's the best comeback when someone is being mean.

For example, a patient in the ED calls me a bitch, not an uncommon scenario. I know I'm not a bitch - I'm really quite friendly. But, it pisses me off a bit, and then I do let a little bit of bitchy slip through the professionalism. So, I *might* Angel say, "I am not a bitch, I am the bitch, and that's Nurse Bitch to you." I just took an insult, made myself awesome using their words, and then granted myself a title. I introduce myself to my patients with just my first name, even though I actually go by a double name (it's common in the Deep South - Mary Kate, Mary Sue, Mary Beth, Mary Lauren, Anna Beth, Anna Kate, Anna Lauren, etc), as a form of distancing myself. When someone starts spouting crap like that, I'll say - "You will call me nurse, and you will show me respect." Usually works. If I don't want to engage at all and don't have to establish authority, I just take the condescending church lady high road - "Aww, that's nice."

Edit: Sorry, SAM, didn't see your reply before I posted! Obviously, I agree!

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18-12-2014, 02:06 AM
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^Damned right you do. *Preen*

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