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    Re: I feel insulted

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    Ram's ridiculous comment about my religion offended me. (intentional act)
    Not necessarily- an atheist could easily say something about a religion that accidentally caused a negative reaction.
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    Re: I feel insulted

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Not necessarily- an atheist could easily say something about a religion that accidentally caused a negative reaction.
    I'm quite certain I've done so on a number of occasions.
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    Re: I feel insulted

    Richard Dawkins usually does it on purpose, but he doesn't speak for us all.

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    Re: I feel insulted

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Richard Dawkins usually does it on purpose, but he doesn't speak for us all.
    I know the type. My parents were like that — my mom, especially.
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    Re: I feel insulted

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    I would say that "insulting somebody" sounds to be an intentional action to me, while "offending someone" is often something unintentional.
    Suniljain, sometimes the two words can mean the same thing. Sometimes, they're different, depending on context. Here are some situations to think about:

    1. Fred says something insulting to you. But you know that Fred doesn't realize it was an insult. It was not intentional. So maybe you'll be offended and maybe not. Fred insulted you, but whether you're offended is your choice.

    2. Fred says something offensive, but it's not be directed at you. He might say, "I hate Norwegians." That insults Norwegians, but you're not Norwegian. So you have not been insulted. Norwegians have. But if you don't like bigots, you might be offended, anyway, even though you were not insulted.

    3. Fred tells a joke that appalls you. It's not an insult, but it's in very bad taste, and you think it's offensive. So you have not been insulted, but you are certainly offended.

    4. Fred hasn't washed his shirt in two weeks. It smells bad. In fact, it reeks. The stench offends you. So you tell him, and he gets mad because you have insulted him. You are offended, he is insulted.

    The words are used in other ways, as well. So the best thing you can do is pay attention to how people use them. Sometimes one is right, sometimes the other, and sometimes either one will do.

    And again, consult dictionaries. They know a lot!
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    Re: I feel insulted

    I'd say a core part of the meaning of insult is that the insulted person feels the insult is personal.

    The insult may have been a deliberate attack and it may have been a result of a lack of due respect, but either way, the insulted person feels the insulter was in the wrong.

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    Re: I feel insulted

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I know the type. My parents were like that — my mom, especially.
    Mine too.

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    Re: I feel insulted

    See also this thread.

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    Re: I feel insulted

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I'd say a core part of the meaning of insult is that the insulted person feels the insult is personal.

    The insult may have been a deliberate attack and it may have been a result of a lack of due respect, but either way, the insulted person feels the insulter was in the wrong.
    Well put.
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