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originally posted by: Grambler
Cases like this are troubling to me.
On one hand, within reason I can see not using a word that offends others. But where do we draw the line.
I try not to say the word retarded as I feel it can hurt feelings, and I do work with people with disabilities. When I did use the word, I never meant it to harm people with disabilities.
But triggered seems to be more of a stretch.
"I ate some peanuts and it triggered an allergic reaction" Is that person belittle PTSD and autism? I would argue it has been used in this way possibly before it was with autism or PTSD.
And there seem to be much more clear cut examples of using words hyperboliclly that could cause mental harm
Like calling Trump hitler, or his supporters nazis. How do you think that makes an acual holocaust survivor feel?
Having said that, I think the word trigger is overused like snowflake.
But I think this is a strecth to avoid hit for hurting the groups mentioned.
originally posted by: Dudemo5
originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
So now the word triggered is a trigger for classical PTSD etc types?
No, but people who use the word in political conversations are super lame. Anyone who needs labels to make their arguments for them probably didn't have a very good argument to begin with.
originally posted by: angeldoll
Good. Now make a thread about the over-use of the word "snowflake".
The term "snowflake" has been used to refer to children raised by their parents in ways that give them an inflated sense of their own uniqueness. This usage of "snowflake" has been reported to originate from Chuck Palahniuk's 1996 novel Fight Club, and its 1999 film adaptation. Both the novel and the film include the line "You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake." In January 2017, Palahniuk claimed credit for coining this usage of "snowflake", adding "Every generation gets offended by different things but my friends who teach in high school tell me that their students are very easily offended". Palahniuk referred to the young adults of the 2010s as exhibiting "a kind of new Victorianism.” According to Merriam-Webster, Palahniuk was not the first person to use the metaphor saying, "It's the stuff of self-help books and inspirational posters and elementary school assurances. The imagery before negation is lovely; we are each unique snowflakes, each worth treasuring because each is uniquely beautiful", furthering "Palahniuk's denial of the individual's snowflake status struck a chord."
originally posted by: RickyD
I just don't get how someone can be offended at a word. I can get how one could use words to offend someone but clearly in cases like this the offending use of the word is not even remotely close to relatable to the supposed reason of the offendedness in the first place. All I'm left thinking is that people are just offended by a word...which is really silly.
originally posted by: TerryMcGuire
I agree intrepid. It is a serious problem for those who suffer and not those of us who are just thin skinned.