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Thread #64299   Message #1054828
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
16-Nov-03 - 02:54 PM
Thread Name: BS: Modest Proposal to end the civil war
Subject: RE: BS: Modest Proposal to end the civil war
Names in themselves are generally neutral (with some exceptions). They only become insults because they are used by people who despise or hate the people being referred to, and those feelings get attached to the name.

In time that can make a word unusable, and good manners requires that you don't use it. However it's a mistake to think that the hate or contempt starts with the name, or can be eliminated just by changing the name.