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    Apparently, we should add the word "boy" to our language filters if we don't want to offend black people.

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/n...imination.html

    I have black friends that are offended by being called "boy", but is it really right to consider the word discriminatory?

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    Re: New word for the language filters

    All words are capable of offense, as it is not the word itself, but the intention behind it and the perceptions in front of it that define how offensive something might be. Both sides matter.

    Right now, the general perception of the word "boy" is not such that I would add it to a filter or something like that (as it is not primarily a pejorative term), but you can be quite certain that if a player on a server I admin started using that word -- or any other, for that matter -- to disrespect other players on the server, he'd be off in a heartbeat.
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    • #3
      Re: New word for the language filters

      If I learned that you were using "boy" in the pejorative way that people use "gay," I'm remove that language -- and, if necessary, the speaker -- with the same haste that I remove the latter.
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      • #4
        Re: New word for the language filters

        The only time I would call a grown man "boy" is if I'm prepared to fight him. I've never thought of it as being racially specific, though...
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        • #5
          Re: New word for the language filters

          It amazes me that this is news to you.

          But, then, I'm sure there's lots you know that would be news to me.

          We have so much to learn from one another, we humans.
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          • #6
            Re: New word for the language filters

            I can see some good old boy type calling everyone "boy" the same way a surfer dude might call everyone "dude." We would need to understand the context to understand whether or not the manager was behaving illegally.

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            • #7
              Re: New word for the language filters

              Agreed (see Poker's post above). Context is a simple enough thing to determine when hearing language.
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              • #8
                Re: New word for the language filters

                I know people who can't go 2 paragraphs without saying "boy" at least once. "Boy, I'll tell you what."

                "Boy" is definitely condescending when used in the right way, but I don't think it's derogatory or racial.

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                • #9
                  Re: New word for the language filters

                  If I'm reading the article correctly, the SCOTUS knocked down the appeals court decision simply because the argument for dismissal was too narrow. As in, they merely considered the use of the word "boy" as the central complaint and not the other facts of the case. In fact, they seemed to dismiss the case as frivolous specifically because of the percieved insult, i.e. "someone got uppity after being called 'boy,' therefore the case is patently without merit."
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                  • #10
                    Re: New word for the language filters

                    Originally posted by Buck Fush
                    "Boy, I'll tell you what."



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                    • #11
                      Re: New word for the language filters

                      if we filtered every word thatpeople decide to make up and call derogatory there would be soo many legitimate words not allowed, you would not be able to string a sentence together... and boy oh boy that would be whacked out dude.


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                      • #12
                        Re: New word for the language filters

                        It could be scarier. We could filter on legibility.
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                        • #13
                          Re: New word for the language filters

                          boy you must be kidding... lmao... :p


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                          • #14
                            Re: New word for the language filters

                            If anyone says "What ho, old boy" I say kick and ban the bastard.

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                            • #15
                              Re: New word for the language filters

                              What about "kids". I really hate it when somebody calls everyone on the server kids, or just refers to everyone as kids when they speak. It's condescending and not far from saying "listen here son".

                              A lot of the people on the NS server are in their 20s and 30s, we're not really kids anymore unless you have an incredible loose definition of what somebody slightly younger than you would be called...

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