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    Smile Re: Mob (addressing)

    Scenario:

    (Bart removed the head of statue of their town founder. And he and his father were pursued by angry people, who cornered them finally.)

    Folks: off the kid, man. Off him! Kill Bart! Kill Homer! Let's kill this guy!

    Bart: Murderous mob, I beg you to spare our lives. At least until you've heard
    the story of how we ended up...with the head of our beloved town founder.

    Question:

    I am wondering why Bart used 'murderous' and 'mob' to address the folks and asked them to forgive them.

    'Mob' is prerogative word, isn't it. And so is 'murderous'.

    mob (CROWD)
    group noun
    1 [C] USUALLY DISAPPROVING

    a large angry crowd, especially one which could easily become violent:
    The angry mob outside the jail was/were ready to riot.
    a lynch mob
    Fifty people were killed in three days of mob violence.

    2 [C] INFORMAL a group of people who are friends or who are similar in some way:
    The usual mob were/was hanging out at the bar.

    3 [S] INFORMAL an organization of criminals:
    a New York mob leader
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press


    Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: Mob (addressing)

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Scenario:

    (Bart removed the head of statue of their town founder. And he and his father were pursued by angry people, who cornered them finally.)

    Folks: off the kid, man. Off him! Kill Bart! Kill Homer! Let's kill this guy!

    Bart: Murderous mob, I beg you to spare our lives. At least until you've heard
    the story of how we ended up...with the head of our beloved town founder.

    Question:

    I am wondering why Bart used 'murderous' and 'mob' to address the folks and asked them to forgive them.

    'Mob' is prerogative word, isn't it. And so is 'murderous'.

    ...
    Yes, they're both derogatory and pejorative! Part of the humour is in his use of inappropriate words.

    (There is a word 'prerogative' but it doesn't have any relevance in this context.)

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    Smile Re: Mob (addressing)

    BobK, thank you for your answer and correction.

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