Problematic Words

A week ago on Twitter, I asked for words which offend. Although many offered the roots and the etymology – I feel that if words offend that is enough to avoid their usage. Obviously, this excludes their use by the people in which they originate and their contexts.

  1. Mumbo Jumbo.
  2. Voodoo
  3. N***** in the woodpile.
  4. Fear of kidnap by the slave trade.
  5. Juju (Used by people who don’t fall into the group)
  6. Is it Kosher?
  7. Too many chiefs not enough Indians.
  8. Hey, chief.
  9. Circle the wagons.
  10. Calling a spade a spade.
  11. Chinese whispers.
  12. Seminal.
  13. Exotic.
  14. Coloured.
  15. Half-Caste.
  16. Octaroon/Quadroon.
  17. Coon.
  18. Uppity.
  19. Nitty Gritty.
  20. The Mecca of…
  21. Going Doolally.
  22. Being an Indian giver.
  23. Eskimo.
  24. That’s mental (so ubiquitous now)
  25. Idiot/Moron (both literally categorical terms from eugenicists!)
  26. Stupid
  27. Crazy
  28. A bit autistic/OCD/schizophrenic
  29. Mufti day.
  30. Beyond the pale.
  31. Taking the Mick.
  32. Pagan.
  33. Jap.
  34. Red Indian.
  35. Gip/Gyp.
  36. Throwing a Paddy.
  37. Holligan.
  38. Having a quick pow-wow.
  39. Tribe.
  40. Paddy wagon.
  41. Tinker.
  42. Sitting Indian style.
  43. Drinking the Kool-aid.
  44. Cretin.
  45. Hysterical.
  46. Horde.
  47. Pikey.
  48. Chav.
  49. Hillbilly.
  50. China man (to refer to a left arm off spinner)
  51. Slavery to compare to anything which isn’t slavery.

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