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When I started my job I thought bloody hell, how are the locals gonna take a pommie b*****d telling them what they can and can't catch. Well, I often get called pommie this, that and the other but it's like I'm their pommie bastard, sometimes when I approach fishermen for the first time they are really happy to meet the pommie one. And these are hard Southern Ocean fishermen! I live in the South East where there a very few poms and I haven't had any trouble at all. Kieran (10) does moan about how the other kids swear but even he laughs when he listens to the radio. Driving along during the day listening to JJJ playing 'You F****ing Knucklehead' takes some getting used too though! I think if you're offended then toughen up, you're in a different country with a different way of speaking, give as good as you get and you'll be fine.
You Pommie B*****ds!
Personally the thing that I do find offensive and shows a backward attitude is when people call some one spastic which I think does show a lack of sensitivity and respect and I have heard that used here a few times as abuse . The first time that shocked me. Still not my country so I suppose they can say what they like but in my mind it is not kind nor Christian.
When will us English learn that words are just words, an arrangement of letters that form (to us) sensible sounds to form those words. They have no meaning in themselves.
If you come across a piece of paper with 'lemon' written on it, do you get offended? Is it offensive? What about if you call someone a 'lemon'? What about if your child's teacher called them a 'lemon'?
If we all just focused a little more on meaning and intent, rather than being so up our own ars*s that all we focus on are words in isolation, everyone would be far happier.
James - its not the word spastic you should take offence at, but the intent. If I called you a Jesus lover would you take offence if I said it would a smile on my face and warm tone to my voice? What about if I spat it at you with screwed up eyes and angry mouth?
Words are simply that, it is us as humans, with intent, that give them power, and also the power to accept them in the manner they are meant.
I have never experienced racism in my time here (honest).
Adelaidebound it was used as a term of abuse and would you accept a pupil using it as such or the nXXgXr word, I think spastic is just as insulting when used in that context to people with disability
I reckon I beat you all...
At work by my lovely customers I get called a white Dog C***.....!
I like to think that time and effort went in to this abuse, most inventive... Ha ha.....
Also calling people spastic has been around for years, it's meaning has softened over the years and it is not a direct hit on the disabled!!!!
Being called Christianly would offend me more!!!!!!
Wouldn't life be awfully boring if we didn't have different views!!!
Our views and opinions are often the product of life's experiences, what offends me is very different from you. The point is that the world does not have to conform to MY view of it. That's where in my humble opinion the whole Politically correctness agenda has gone mad.
If we are not prepared to accepted variety and respect it then we are destined to an unhappy life. I have always taken the view it’s not what I say that matters, but what the other person hears. Therefore, I treat people as individuals and what I say to one in banter I would not say to another.
AB: I agree with much of what you say, tone is important. However, as a resident of Northern Ireland we know all too well that words can cause a lot of damage.
I would find the “bad” language of OZ some getting used to, but I don’t expect them to change for me
Hmmm – a bit heavy