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Can anything be done about mean-spirited requests for terminology?

You seem awfully certain that people are asking for these words because they want to use them to hurt others. There are many different reasons why someone might want to learn a particular pejorative ...
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Can anything be done about mean-spirited requests for terminology?

While I understand people may feel icky or annoyed that our language has mean things in it, I don't feel that it is our job to tell people where the line between "not that mean" and "...
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Can anything be done about mean-spirited requests for terminology?

Personal opinion here, but I think tagging 233 posts (latest count) Pejorative language is self-defeating your noble argument that we dissuade users from seeking expressions which are used to attack, ...
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Can anything be done about mean-spirited requests for terminology?

We allow questions about profanity, which are hurtful to some. I feel like an argument against hurtful terms or pejoratives would work for profanity, too. So I propose that there's nothing ...
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Can anything be done about mean-spirited requests for terminology?

I believe @tchrist has a valid point. As a community, we espouse respect and courtesy in all members. These requests have the effect of a drive by maiming. Not only are they ugly and unkind (and ...
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Can anything be done about mean-spirited requests for terminology?

From your quote: "Pejorative language is any language that portrays someone or something in a negative light, no matter whether it is intended to be disparaging and derogatory, contemptuous or ...
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Can anything be done about mean-spirited requests for terminology?

I’m coming at this as someone whose question was just tagged pejorative language (I’ve already got a good answer, so I don’t really care). I can understand why someone could see my question as ...
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Can anything be done about mean-spirited requests for terminology?

I don't know what you're goal is here. You tagged Word meant to describe a crime where women beat men with your pejorative language tag. Why would you feel such questions are mean-spirited? There ...
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Can anything be done for well-wishing requests for terminology?

Given the number of people who won't recognise or adhere to the difference in spelling between a grammatical category complement and the more common "well-wishing" sense of compliment, I've got to say ...
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