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    Random insults from the 1920's:

    "You're all wet!"

    "oh, that's baloney!" (my grandfather said this a lot and some people still do...)

    "Beat it, kid." (get outta here; go away)

    Bluenose (a prude)

    flat tire (being lame, in a romantic sense)

    "I'm gonna punch you right in the kisser!" (punching someone in the face...in the 50's, people would call people's faces their "puss" in a similar manner, no joke)

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    ragamuffin*

    *ragamuffin is my absolute favorite

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    Well, if they're not antiquated, they should be. Some of them are based on appearances, and thus, while still generally hateful, makes some sort of sense, but a lot of them are based on stereotypes or are not related to the individual at all. Like wetback. I was born here, bitch. Lol. I'm half-Hispanic, half-Caucasian and I just can't see myself getting offended at ethnic slurs and might even find them funny if directed towards me. It seems like the people who use them are ignorant and why worry about what they think anyway. Words really only have the power that you give them.
    I got my smile from the sunshine,
    I got my tears from the rain.
    I learned to dance when I saw a tiger prance,
    And a peacock taught me to be vain.
    A little owl in a tree so high,
    He taught me how to wink my eye.
    I learned to bill and coo from a turtledove,
    And a grizzly bear taught me how to hug.
    But the guy that lived two caves from me,
    He taught me how to love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viridian View Post
    I've heard that it was originally supposed to be a less offensive word for black people than "n****r"; dunno if that's correct, though.

    Fun fact: in Portuguese, it's quite acceptable to say someone is negro ("dark"), but it's pretty offensive to call someone a preto ("black"). Language works in funny ways, no?
    Well, it was a word used to describe black people.. meaning, black. But then again so did the N word. But Negro was the accepted and neutral word, used by everybody, but it went out of fashion. I know at one point there was a push to go from usage of Black to exclusively African-American. But African-American is a lot harder word to apply, since people don't necessarily relate to Africa at all.

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    When I was in highschool, I remember the cheerleading coach- who was also a special ed teacher- called one of her students a "little jungle bunny" thinking it was an innocuous term of endearment. She had absolutely no idea it meant something derogatory. She felt terrible once it was brought to her attention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmie Dearest View Post
    Random insults from the 1920's:

    "You're all wet!"

    "oh, that's baloney!" (my grandfather said this a lot and some people still do...)

    "Beat it, kid." (get outta here; go away)

    Bluenose (a prude)

    flat tire (being lame, in a romantic sense)

    "I'm gonna punch you right in the kisser!" (punching someone in the face...in the 50's, people would call people's faces their "puss" in a similar manner, no joke)

    piker

    ragamuffin
    Haha. This reminds me of how people speak in old '40's movies and detective novels. It's a shame we lost use of a lot of those phrases.

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    [YOUTUBE="PVScwog05Xw"]Howard Cosell's "little monkey" gaffe[/YOUTUBE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qlip View Post
    Haha. This reminds me of how people speak in old '40's movies and detective novels. It's a shame we lost use of a lot of those phrases.
    I think I'm going to start incorporating ragamuffin into my vocabulary. I feel like we still have forms of things like "beat it, kid" and similar kind of wise-guy talk...it's just that we say things like "cool story, bro" and "fuck off."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qlip View Post
    Well, it was a word used to describe black people.. meaning, black. But then again so did the N word. But Negro was the accepted and neutral word, used by everybody, but it went out of fashion. I know at one point there was a push to go from usage of Black to exclusively African-American. But African-American is a lot harder word to apply, since people don't necessarily relate to Africa at all.
    Yeah, especially since someone can be dark-skinned and not of African origin.

    That does explain the "Negro Day" stuff from Hairspray, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viridian View Post
    Yeah, especially since someone can be dark-skinned and not of African origin.

    That does explain the "Negro Day" stuff from Hairspray, though.
    OMGZ I love that movie. I'm partial to the original John Waters version, but the musical puts a totally different ridiculous spin on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmie Dearest View Post
    OMGZ I love that movie. I'm partial to the original John Waters version, but the musical puts a totally different ridiculous spin on it.
    I loved the John Waters one. Is the musical the one with John Travolta playing the Miss Devine part, or did you actually get to see a performance?

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