thelaststraw05 wrote: Flips88 wrote: lateblooming wrote:
Flips88 wrote:You clearly wrote it thinking it'd be hilarious because niggard sounds and looks like n****r. Funny? not really. Mature? not really (even on TLS, and that's saying something). Show a little more restraint next time.
The pinnacle of maturity: taking offense to a word that sounds naughty.
The pinnacle of maturity: thinking you're hilarious for saying a word that sounds/looks very simliar to the most despised word in the English language.
I've got to agree with flips here. There are many words for cheap that aren't homophones with racial epithets. You certainly could have said "way to be cheap." It is a question of judgement, why use a word that MIGHT cause offense if there is an equally useful word that will NOT cause offense.
I agree that one should be judicious, but you're starting to cross the line here. What, do we completely strike the word niggard from the English language or at least our common usage merely because it sounds like a bad word? I would understand if someone were very blatantly using it to describe members of a certain race, or very clearly trying to make a pun, but you have no right to tell someone to adjust their vocabulary. So you get to be the PC police? It's a matter of diction. Maybe he thought long and hard and the word niggard was the only word out of all the other alternatives that expressed his opinion adequately. Or maybe he didn't think about it at all. As long as the intent to offend or be controversial is not there, it's shitty and self-righteous to monitor someone's choice of words.