Slavery was wrong, and gal was used because it was a common word, and happened to be used by mean slave owners. For some reason if it's coming from someone much older it doesn't seem to be as bothersome. Other times, I really do feel like a girl though not as often as I am called one. Last edited on Mar 07 2018. Girl, gal, chick, people even call women dudes these days. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. I associate those terms coming from a younger man with a 'don't get your panties in a wad sweetie' type of remark.
You think gal is comparable to dame? Quaint is not the goal, nor is cuteness, nor derisive folkiness. No island is necessary for me because I seek out persons where mutual respect is the norm. Of course gal is still in use. I recently used it again. Black historian, John Hope-Franklin, wrote about the fact that free black people bought and sold and owned slaves. I have used to term my entire life to refer to females of any age or race and never has anyone been offended — until yesterday. In fact it is defined as girl or young woman.
I have noticed it's fairly common with men around that age, so I always attributed it to age difference in that case, though it certainly happens with younger men. She said she probably spent more time with her nanny than she did her parents, and she felt very close to her. Spook a black person, attested from the 1940s. We had a lot of hurt feelings and misunderstandings before we discovered this. Instead it caused the opposite reaction. I feel that the term gal is offensive , demeaning and direspectful! I have wonderful friends of all nationalities and religions. Also do you have a scale? If a man I worked with who was 40's or 50's called me those things I would be much more bothered by it.
Any word should only ever be taken as offensive whe the intent behind it is purposely to cause offense. Usually jokey rather than derogatory. Is that bothersome or should they be referred to as women? Make sure that you are financially secure, because 4. Indonesia a white person from an archaic Indonesian word for albino. Black people have trivialized the word nigger and hate white people for it………………. I bagged the job I interviewed for! Unfortunately, new comments on posts on this site have been suspended because of my illness.
It originated in the coal regions of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, where Poles and other immigrants from Central Europe Hungarians Magyar , Rusyns, Slovaks came to perform hard manual labor in the mines. Looks like your the one satisfied to live in ignorance. I like that LionessP is posting here sometimes, because she brings another element into feminism here besides the American born. Terms You Might Not Know Are Considered Racist Nadra Kareem Nittle has written about education, race, and cultural issues for a variety of publications including the Robert C. The other genre's tend to say the same thing, but in harder to recognize terms, so I never participate in a blanket condemnation of rap or hip hop, because I remember. Last edited on Apr 10 2014.
The worst word to call a woman is girl. Basically the same meaning as the term used in Hong Kong. I agree that we should choose our words carefully, but I also ask myself frequently if I am just taking something the wrong way and need to adjust my attitude. Stand for a cause you can actually make a difference in. My daddy has called me gal since i was a tot, and have never heard it as a derrogatory term. Once a mark of xenophobia, the word is now in general, informal use.
We have the right to call ourselves whatever we choose; but that right of speech does not allow us to call other people whatever we want at least without some recourse, backlash, etc. If you have to think about it too much its obviously not right. The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English: A-I. Can be used neutrally, dependent on context. This woman claimed to be an activist against racism and yet she made this statement without any worry. Recently at work, I used the word g— and a colleague called me over. The whole court was in shock and the judge had the nastiet look on her face and read that woman to a t.
Tori commented on how much she enjoys being with the woman because of memories of her nanny growing up. To be truthful, I was a little shocked and offended initially that they found this word offensive…especially since I know by buddy has used it in the past. Contexts where it's probably acceptable are: among good friends, in regions where it's still in common use, among women, etc. It has appeared about 70 times in The New York Times this year, roughly double the usage of six years ago. It is truly difficult to get over it. I guess it's rather subjective in some cases.
From the and word negro, derived from the niger. Once a common and neutral term derived from the name of , the sect's founder, it fell out of favour within the community in the early decades of the 20th century due the perception that it implied a heretical separateness from mainstream. The earliest recorded example is dated 1920. Thus you have then immediately agreed on a undeniably equitable way of referring to each other, with absolutely no question as to whether the references are offensive or not! Did it always refer to females? Then, finally, we'll be women of our word. Something is going to offend someone no matter what, so get over it.