I am unsure of the
pejorative-language retag to the question Word meaning "likely to cause controversy?" I would like to see this tag removed, but I think my reasons for doing so are nuanced enough to need explanation. (And I may be mistaken too!)
From the information given, I cannot say with confidence that knowing more about
pejorative-language is the question's aim. The question's use-case excerpt
The name Self-Arming Group isn't as [...] as Gun Club, but controversial nevertheless.
is ambiguous on that point. The excerpt may be from a critic who suspects the group of euphemizing. But couldn't it just as easily have been said by a member of the club who cares about its success and is civilly discussing how the proposed names affect their image? If that's the case, it seems the member is fair too, for he goes on to say that the other option is still controversial.
The pejorative-language wiki says the tag is for "anything that makes someone or something look bad." Suppose the thing being made to look bad were not the club itself but the naming options. Then what if the club wants to choose a name that attracts attention, good or bad? Or one that brings a cause like self-defense into the limelight? In such cases, words like controversial cast both names in an arguably positive light. I don't think we have enough context to read this particular use of controversial as pejorative.
I also feel this retag needs to be undone because I don't see controversial as a derogatory word in general. Merriam-Webster, for example, defines it as:
relating to or causing much discussion, disagreement, or argument : likely to produce controversy
If a person or group feels an issue needs to be discussed, I think it can be OK (and in some cases, commendable or laudable) for their presentation to be controversial. I view the events that would make controversial a pejorative description (offensiveness, for example) as something separate.
What do you think, ELU?