This is a bit borderline I suspect, so thought I'd ask here first, but is it acceptable to ask a question around how a slang term would be received by different speakers? The specific word is 'numpty'- I've got very limited experience with it and it's slang that appears to be from a British English (possibly Scots?) source - and wouldn't mind getting a sense of how it's perceived.
For all I know, just in my small section of the world it'd be considered not too insulting (my small section being Canberra), but over in the UK, it could carry a different flavour to how I've heard it used. I don't think I am, and all my general reading and things like having it voted as Scotland's favourite word in 2007 (according to a statistically insignificant survey by a telecommunications provider, probably run in a very non-sane fashion to give humorous results mind you..) suggest it's pretty innocuous, but I thought it'd be easier to just ask rather than take a guess, which then led me to wondering if this class of questions would work here...which in turn led to this question on meta, since I started being more curious about how EL&U worked, rather than use of the original term :)
Basically, my read of the FAQ suggests this fits under the first point - usage of a term - but at the same time, I can also see an alternative since the question can be rephrased as 'is word X offensive and in what context?' to which you're probably never going to get an answer (esp on slang..) and just a debate that whirls around in circles.
Thoughts? Answers? Am I being a numpty^ even? :)
^ a bumbling idiot, or alternatively, someone who is displaying via his question posting, a lack of knowledge on this subject to the amusement of all.