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Re: 4ol 4rt files:

What is this conversation about anway? Or more specifically, what does
it have to to with debian linux? Whatever the case, can you please
stop sending it to debian-user@lists.debian.org. If you would like to
carry this conversation out, simply email each other directly. I, as
well as many others subscribed to this list probably don't see this as
relevant. Anyway, I'm asking for a favour please.

On 9/25/05, David Clymer <david@zettazebra.com> wrote:
> On Sun, 2005-09-25 at 18:10 -0500, Cybe R. Wizard wrote:
> > On Sun, 25 Sep 2005 18:41:09 -0400
> > David Clymer <david@zettazebra.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Doofus, stupid, etc are pejoratives. I don't consider it appropriate
> > > to describe someone in such terms merely because they happen to have
> > > been delt a smaller portion of intelligence. However, when someone
> > > actively refuses to use the brain they have...I have no qualms about
> > > applying such labels.
> > >
> > > Perhaps you speak the same language, but with less tact.
> > >
> > > -davidc
> >
> > What would be the correct PC term, AOLer?  Some are smart.  Why not just
> > use a time tested, tried, and true word everyone is already familiar
> > with?
> There are plenty of words with which all of us are familiar, but are not
> appropriate for use in describing the group in question for one reason
> or another.
> > I admit that 'doofus' is used contemptuously but stupid is usually not,
> > is it?
> I tend to think it is, but usage could certainly differ in various
> social circles.
> >   What is the opposite of pejorative?  Congratulatory?  Neither
> > stupid nor smart warrant either of those terms, they are only states of
> > being like blond or red-headed.
> I disagree.
> My experience is that if I tell someone they are stupid, they tend to be
> offended. Knowing this, I wouldn't use that word to describe a person
> unless I intended to demean or belittle them. Thus, in my view, it
> warrants classifying the term as a pejorative.
> I agree that a person's intelligence is an innate characteristic.
> -davidc

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