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Why is the "n" word such a bad word? What does it mean? What are the definitions of these words? "n" word; cracker; c*nt; bi*ch

Posted by on Feb. 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM
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This is sort of a spin off from the post about white people using the "n" word.  In that thread the word "cracker" was mentioned as a comparable word to the "n" word.  This idea made me wonder if people truly understand the definitions of various slang and insulting words.  I have a feeling many people do not understand the actual definitions because if they did they would not use the words so freely. 

One example is the "n" word.  Many people think it means ignorant.  If it really meant ignorant why would so many people flip out over being called this word? Why wouldn't we call "ignorant" the "i" word?

Here goes, what are the definitions of these words?

"n" word

cracker

c*nt

bi*ch

Feel free to add other words you feel are misunderstood and I will add them to the op.




by on Feb. 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM
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futureshock
by Ruby Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM

bump

MommyTo5Boys
by Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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Here are my thoughs on that (as posted in the other thread)


I feel that to me (as a white person) being called a Cracker by an AA is just as offensive as if I called them a 'N' (which I would never do by the way, I was just trying to make a point of how offensive that word is). 
Both words bring us back to the time of slavery. One is a horrible word used to degrade AAs and make them feel inferior. The other (imo) is just as offensive because it also brings us back to the time of slavery but is used as a derogatory term for whites, making them feel as if they owe AA something because of the way that our ancestors (people that we have never met and are nothing like) treated their ancestors (people that they have never met and are nothing like). 

Both are used as dergoatory term with a meaning that is racist, both words are used by other races to try and degrade the race they are speaking of. 

I guess I just don't understand why calling some one a 'uneducated slave' is worse than calling someone a 'heartless person who controls and beats others'.

Sorry but they are both just as derogatory to me.



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futureshock
by Ruby Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 10:43 AM

This is interesting:


n word  

(my 8th grade BLACK teacher defined it for us on the first day of school.)

Something or someone that is unable to learn,cooperate, or function correctly.
My locker is being an "n word" today.
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=nigger&page=2
futureshock
by Ruby Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 10:44 AM


Quoting MommyTo5Boys:

Here are my thoughs on that (as posted in the other thread)


I feel that to me (as a white person) being called a Cracker by an AA is just as offensive as if I called them a 'N' (which I would never do by the way, I was just trying to make a point of how offensive that word is). 
Both words bring us back to the time of slavery. One is a horrible word used to degrade AAs and make them feel inferior. The other (imo) is just as offensive because it also brings us back to the time of slavery but is used as a derogatory term for whites, making them feel as if they owe AA something because of the way that our ancestors (people that we have never met and are nothing like) treated their ancestors (people that they have never met and are nothing like). 

Both are used as dergoatory term with a meaning that is racist, both words are used by other races to try and degrade the race they are speaking of. 

I guess I just don't understand why calling some one a 'uneducated slave' is worse than calling someone a 'heartless person who controls and beats others'.

Sorry but they are both just as derogatory to me.

If I thought the n word meant simply "uneducated slave" I would agree with you.  However, I think the actual meaning of the n word is much, much worse.

MommyTo5Boys
by Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 10:46 AM

And the meaning of cracker is much much worse also, I just toned down the meanings of both as to not offend anyone of either race.

Quoting futureshock:


Quoting MommyTo5Boys:

Here are my thoughs on that (as posted in the other thread)


I feel that to me (as a white person) being called a Cracker by an AA is just as offensive as if I called them a 'N' (which I would never do by the way, I was just trying to make a point of how offensive that word is). 
Both words bring us back to the time of slavery. One is a horrible word used to degrade AAs and make them feel inferior. The other (imo) is just as offensive because it also brings us back to the time of slavery but is used as a derogatory term for whites, making them feel as if they owe AA something because of the way that our ancestors (people that we have never met and are nothing like) treated their ancestors (people that they have never met and are nothing like). 

Both are used as dergoatory term with a meaning that is racist, both words are used by other races to try and degrade the race they are speaking of. 

I guess I just don't understand why calling some one a 'uneducated slave' is worse than calling someone a 'heartless person who controls and beats others'.

Sorry but they are both just as derogatory to me.

If I thought the n word meant simply "uneducated slave" I would agree with you.  However, I think the actual meaning of the n word is much, much worse.




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futureshock
by Ruby Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 11:17 AM


Quoting MommyTo5Boys:

And the meaning of cracker is much much worse also, I just toned down the meanings of both as to not offend anyone of either race.

Quoting futureshock:


Quoting MommyTo5Boys:

Here are my thoughs on that (as posted in the other thread)


I feel that to me (as a white person) being called a Cracker by an AA is just as offensive as if I called them a 'N' (which I would never do by the way, I was just trying to make a point of how offensive that word is). 
Both words bring us back to the time of slavery. One is a horrible word used to degrade AAs and make them feel inferior. The other (imo) is just as offensive because it also brings us back to the time of slavery but is used as a derogatory term for whites, making them feel as if they owe AA something because of the way that our ancestors (people that we have never met and are nothing like) treated their ancestors (people that they have never met and are nothing like). 

Both are used as dergoatory term with a meaning that is racist, both words are used by other races to try and degrade the race they are speaking of. 

I guess I just don't understand why calling some one a 'uneducated slave' is worse than calling someone a 'heartless person who controls and beats others'.

Sorry but they are both just as derogatory to me.

If I thought the n word meant simply "uneducated slave" I would agree with you.  However, I think the actual meaning of the n word is much, much worse.


This is a great example of why I started this thread.  I did not know this, could you elaborate?

the meaning of cracker is much much worse also

MommyTo5Boys
by Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM

I have actually started a reply with the definitions from diffrent sites but all of them seem like they have some horribly racist language in them so I erased my replies. 

The only definition that I feel comfortable giving is that it is a highy racist and degrading word used by another racial group to demean White people. 

I'm sure you can do a Google search and find the answers that you are looking for tho. 

Quoting futureshock:


Quoting MommyTo5Boys:

And the meaning of cracker is much much worse also, I just toned down the meanings of both as to not offend anyone of either race.

Quoting futureshock:


Quoting MommyTo5Boys:

Here are my thoughs on that (as posted in the other thread)


I feel that to me (as a white person) being called a Cracker by an AA is just as offensive as if I called them a 'N' (which I would never do by the way, I was just trying to make a point of how offensive that word is). 
Both words bring us back to the time of slavery. One is a horrible word used to degrade AAs and make them feel inferior. The other (imo) is just as offensive because it also brings us back to the time of slavery but is used as a derogatory term for whites, making them feel as if they owe AA something because of the way that our ancestors (people that we have never met and are nothing like) treated their ancestors (people that they have never met and are nothing like). 

Both are used as dergoatory term with a meaning that is racist, both words are used by other races to try and degrade the race they are speaking of. 

I guess I just don't understand why calling some one a 'uneducated slave' is worse than calling someone a 'heartless person who controls and beats others'.

Sorry but they are both just as derogatory to me.

If I thought the n word meant simply "uneducated slave" I would agree with you.  However, I think the actual meaning of the n word is much, much worse.


This is a great example of why I started this thread.  I did not know this, could you elaborate?

the meaning of cracker is much much worse also




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lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cracker_(pejorative)


Quoting futureshock:


Quoting MommyTo5Boys:

And the meaning of cracker is much much worse also, I just toned down the meanings of both as to not offend anyone of either race.

Quoting futureshock:


Quoting MommyTo5Boys:

Here are my thoughs on that (as posted in the other thread)


I feel that to me (as a white person) being called a Cracker by an AA is just as offensive as if I called them a 'N' (which I would never do by the way, I was just trying to make a point of how offensive that word is). 
Both words bring us back to the time of slavery. One is a horrible word used to degrade AAs and make them feel inferior. The other (imo) is just as offensive because it also brings us back to the time of slavery but is used as a derogatory term for whites, making them feel as if they owe AA something because of the way that our ancestors (people that we have never met and are nothing like) treated their ancestors (people that they have never met and are nothing like). 

Both are used as dergoatory term with a meaning that is racist, both words are used by other races to try and degrade the race they are speaking of. 

I guess I just don't understand why calling some one a 'uneducated slave' is worse than calling someone a 'heartless person who controls and beats others'.

Sorry but they are both just as derogatory to me.

If I thought the n word meant simply "uneducated slave" I would agree with you.  However, I think the actual meaning of the n word is much, much worse.


This is a great example of why I started this thread.  I did not know this, could you elaborate?

the meaning of cracker is much much worse also



survivorinohio
by René on Feb. 23, 2013 at 1:12 PM

The n word indicated contempt and hate for people of color and I have heard it used for all shades of brown people:(

Cracker is a white person or something to eat or a crack head.

Cunt means Cant Understand Normal Thinking generally in a feminine sense it is also slang for vagina.

Bitch is a versatile term that while it is technically a femake dog it is also thought of in many other lights both favorable and unfavorable.  Bitch can mean an unreasonable female, a whiny male, a strong female or a way of venting.

DestinyRoseLC
by Bronze Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 2:01 PM
The n word simply means one of dark skin, however, being that for years it was said to those that were abused as a label to make one feel less than or worthless it became a fire word. newer generations began referring to themselves as this label to simply spit in the face of those who tried to degrate them and kill their spirits.

Cracker is a word used to label one of light skin whom uses their whip referring to slavery lashings and animal herding. some would say it is racist to use it, however I dont believe it is imo.

C.NT itself is not a bad word, people used it in context to insult people the same way as pussy is not a bad word but people twisted to make a person feel weak, allowing one to walk all over you, or have no backbone.

Bitch is a female dog. So I think anyone who is called a bitch wouldnt be happy about it, whether the word is used correctly or not.
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