Thursday, January 06, 2005

Fuck this post

In order to call someone a fucking asshole, It assumes that they know what the words mean (even children), so eliminating words will not protect the innocent. Invectives of all kinds are really similar to making a disgusted face or saying "ouch." They are matters of expression which often trancend language barriers and reach the same effect.

Oddly, the use of these invectives is often in response to something which the invector(?) found offensive (reasonably so or not) and expressed this offense in the most base terms (perhaps even growling).

Let's look at offense this way... Let's say I have an OCD. One day you, you beat me to my favorite chair. Rather then explaining my case and trying to rectify the situation, I respond expressively by growling at you. Offended, or possibly scared of someone growling at you, rather then finding out why someone is growling at you by asking, you call the cops or the mental hospital out of defensive instinct. Both reactions avoid constructive debate, yet both indicate accurately an expressive emotional response someone felt like sharing.

So, if the person sitting in the chair, instead tried to rationalize with the growler, and got only more growls, this could become fairly frustrating and threatening. The person certainly has the right to sit there, but is the growling fair expression (so long as it wasn't ever violent)? I'd say that it was...at this point it becomes something like an irritation over someone's kid screaming in a park. It's part of what you tolerate by sitting somewhere and respecting space.
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