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Hateful names and words that mean nothing! Spreading bias in society.

Updated on March 5, 2016

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Hateful words that mean nothing

Name calling and insults have no relevance in a debate.

Using hateful words, slurs, or innuendos only further the divide between people.

Love and hate are both contagious, the one we choose defines us best.

Those who do not possess the basic intelligence to think and reason for themselves simply yell, call names, and threaten anyone who disagrees with their points of view.

These are the insecure in our society who need constant re-assurance and affirmation of what they were taught to believe; regardless of whether those beliefs are reasonable, logical or even factual.

Fear is the motivating factor that drives them to lash out and hate all who have opposing views. They see these opposing views as enemies to their physical and psychological world of existence and apparently consider themselves to be living in a house of cards, that may crumble from the weight of those opposing views.

This personality type generally belongs to some kind of a "cult" along with others of similar mentality, and narrow mindedness, in their belief system. They do not adjust well to any deviations, changes, confrontations, challenges, other ways of life, points of view, or anything else they might see as' threatening' to their core beliefs. They especially cannot accept diversity as a part of the real world.

Using the world "cult", or "cultus" in reference to any religion is more appropriate because it is an all encompassing word that includes ALL religious sects as well as other organizations that possess a united core doctrine of tunnel vision with a noticeable lack of the ability to understand abstract thought processes (adopting rigid teachings, instructions, positions, principles or policies) that their members must adhere to and follow blindly in order to belong.

It is a system of belief that embodies religious (devoted) formality and has an object of worship and veneration. It requires great devotion to a person, a spirit, idea, object, movement or work: and yes, this also includes embracing any political party affiliations, or organizations with a specific radical agenda, such as the KKK, Black Panthers, NOM, ISIS, white supremacist, etc.).

The reason society has placed a negative connotation on using the word "cult", or any other word, is the perceptions of one's own "cultus" as being superior to all other "cults", which in itself is a sheer fantasy. [A rose by any other name is still a rose].

Lacking any social value

After reading many articles on hub pages (and admittedly being guilty of not commenting on many of them for various reasons; but mainly because my comments will not add anything of value to their content) as recently pointed out to me by another writer.

Especially if that content is imbued, or embedded, with something that is foolish, nonsensical, or futility; (such as serving no useful purpose, or occupied with triviality, or lacking in logic, or without any social value at all).

Calling names and bible quoting to make a point are complete turn offs, that are counter to there being any possibility of having an adult, reasonable, and/or intelligent debate on their subject matter.

But, the purpose of this article is NOT to critique anyone else's articles, but rather to point out those words that are the most despicable and annoying to the point of not even deserving of the reader to finish reading the articles they are being used in.

Some of 'my' favorite turn offs, but not all inclusive, and in no particular order, are the following words that are most likely to make a person stop reading an article. They are mostly misused, misunderstood, misguided and by themselves have little or no relevance in any article unless they are defined by an example of how they are meant to be applied in that specific instance.

They have no blanket, or universal, meaning that would justify their usage by themselves, or just for the sake of name calling:

  • communist, communism
  • fascist, fascism
  • democrats versus democracy
  • socialists, socialism
  • liberals versus progressives
  • Muslims as a derogatory name
  • faggots, fag, queer, etc
  • bigot, bigotry
  • conservative when used to describe, or attempt to justify, religious beliefs, or morality
  • nigger (a perversion of the original word "niggard" depicting a meanly covetous and stingy person) and mainly directed at any member of a dark skinned race who is considered a member of a socially disadvantaged class of people
  • prejudiced (without clarification)
  • phrases taken out of context
  • bible quoting (this has no relevance to non Christians as well as other more evolved Christians.)

The sins of society gone awry

The name calling

So, the advice here would be:

if one does not own a dictionary, buy one, and use it to understand the names we are calling people and to justify, or clarify, their usage when we feel that need to use them.

Otherwise the usage of these words simply defines one's own ignorance.

Although nasty hateful words are nothing more than the result of air vibrations from someone's mouth to another person's ears, they are intended to evoke a response, or inflict some type of negative impact on those who hear, or read, them.

One would have to assume that if someone calls another person names, they intend to hurt that person and probably is indicative of their own personality, or persona, of being a bully, abuser, a danger to others (physically as well as emotionally), or to society in some degree.

More inappropriate language

We do have a constitutional right to speak what ever we want, but does that constitutional right intend to include bullying and inflicting pain and suffering on people in inappropriate places or circumstances such as:

  • calling mourners vile names at a funeral?
  • making moral judgments against groups of people, or individuals, who we disagree with?
  • Invoking our first amendment right of free speech, while negating the personal rights of others?
  • public speaking to induce violence against individuals, or groups of individuals, or minorities by voicing our intolerance and hatred, and ignorance?
  • calling writers names for their points of view if they should differ from yours?
  • Or simply yelling "fire" in a crowded room when there is none.

We have managed to twist and corrupt our very constitution to defend these actions that go against those very core principles of the constitution itself -- the right of everyone in this country to pursue happiness, freedoms of thought, religion, and equality, etc...

It is a corrupted version of that core constitutional principle when we, as a society, pass laws to take away rights of individuals in the minority just because we do not understand their plight in life, or because we are too ignorant to acknowledge and understand diversity, or because our religious beliefs tell us it is OK to hate and hurt others out of ignorance.

This type of action should be considered an 'assault' and be punishable by law the same as any other assault is. There is no reason to believe that our original forefathers intended the freedom of speech to include verbal assaults, verbal abuse, or any other forms of verbal attacks on others for any reason.

Our country was founded on diversity. If anyone is unfamiliar with that word - look it up in that dictionary that you obviously do not possess. This may be a complete new concept for some (using the dictionary), but it may also prove to be an eye opener to understand our own insight into what is in our own mind, our hearts, our thoughts, and why we have this negative inner need to judge and hate others, just because some cult tells us it is OK to do so.


by: d.william 10/14/2011 updated 03/05/2016

Why can't we just learn to live together in harmony?

© 2011 d.william


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      d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      limpet. Thanks for reading and leaving your comments. It made me smile. It is amusing how the media can take something so trivial and make a federal case out of it, isn't it?

      The worst offender of that kind of reporting is Wolf Blitzer of CNN - he can twist things around and ask the dumbest questions i have ever heard. He tries to put words in the mouths of those he interviews. I can't take too much of his reporting, and NONE of those from Fox news as they report from a totally different universe devoid of any type of reality what so ever.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 3 years ago from London England

      One of the most farcial incidents to have occurred in the last couple of years was when a Parliamentary official on leaving the Prime Minister's home may have referred to a London Bobby as a 'pleb'! A complaint was raised and when the media got the story it was headlines for so long that the affair became known as the 'plebgate' scandal due to being at the gates to 10 Downing Street. The whole sorry saga turned out to be the greatest waste of time of all time.

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      d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thank you for reading and commenting. My apologies for the delay in answering, i seem to have missed several comments when my computer was down, so i am trying to catch up on them. I look forward to visiting your hubs as well.

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      Nat Amaral 5 years ago from BC Canada

      A well written article. There are some points here that you have made that are well brought up--such as bullying and name calling. I've dealt with more than my fair share. Natalie

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      d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Cyrus Homesley

      You certainly are not playing with a full deck. This article obviously hit a personal nerve for you. Too close to a description of you for comfort, huh?

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      Cyrus Homesley 5 years ago

      Your logical fallacies are indeed present to an intense degree where I cannot bear to explain lucidly. They are so atrocious that, right at this present moment, I’m laughing with intense gaiety. How could you waste your precious time posting such nonsense that even, pardon my unintellectual lexicon, a “hobo” could comprehend it? Well, in the meantime, I guess after I’m done laughing, I may as well consider the fact that you are only human and give you some peace of mind, but I haven’t finished laughing yet, so please be lavishly patient so I won’t criticize you even more. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLO Okay, I’m done laughing. H4X0RS FOREVER!!!!!!

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thank you for reading and your words of support. Things will never change as long as we have a government and the ignorance of organized religions that refuse to protect the vulnerable, and continue to promote intolerance, inequality, injustices, bigotry and hatred. These kinds of changes must come from the top, and be set by example. These leaders are guilty of possessing these negative traits and are too afraid of reprisal to open their mouths in protest. Ignorance begets ignorance every time.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 6 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      To d. william, this is an excellent, insightful, and poignantly relevant hub. This hub should be required reading for all teenagers and adults. People do not realized that words do hurt and often leaving negative lasting effects.

      I believe that people should be more conscious, mature, and tolerant of each other. People do not have a right to say whatever they want if they intentionally hurt others. What we need are classes in emotional intelligence! That is sorely lacking today.

      I believe that all of us are one. This is the 21st century, the start of a new millenium. We should be evolved enough as people to realized that there is no divide. God did not made such a divide, humankind did in order to create division and disunity. We all know what this disunity did- create devastating wars, horrific genocidal actions, horrific gender prejudice, and lifestyle ostracization.

      It is time to stop this insanity. We are supposed to be an intelligent and evolved species. However, in certain ways, we are totally unevolved. We must change if civilization and society are to progress at an accelerated level. Again, excellent hub and I voted it up!

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. It is truly surprising the number of so called "christians" who state that it is OK to call names, kill abortion doctors, kill gays, picket, yell, and disrupt funerals of dead soldiers, (whether they are gay or not), lie about our president, promoting violence toward anyone who disagrees with them, and mandate morality to suit their own little mindedness - and yes - all this in the name of their God. The ignorance in this world is truly amazing to me.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      up, useful, and interesting d williams. You make good points and this article really gets the mind working. I agree that those who are insecure do lash out on others, although it is also those that think they are better and their you know what don't stink. You hit the point with fear. I believe that is the biggest factor in such meaning. They are the ones that are afraid of what others think about them, afraid of being found as being insecure, afraid of losing their reputation that they have built, and so on. Fear probably makes up the better portion. People that are emotional take these words to heart and name calling can have life long effects on others. We are all equal. Treat people like you want to be treated. We should never call people names and we need to make sure our children follow. This is a great hub Williams. Great debate as well.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south


      Thank you for returning to clarify your comments. And, yes, i suppose i do equate hateful words with actual crime. They are in essence crimes against humanity itself. There is never any reason to debase anyone with name calling, and it truly serves no purpose. When we see children torturing other children in our schools with hateful words and taunting, it must be implied that they learn this from their parents. Bullying comes in many forms and words can be just as destructive to a child as physical abuse, if not more so. I do not condone hateful words used at funerals, weddings, or other "family affairs" by invading outsiders, as they serve only to disrupt, harass and intimidate people. You can make a point, offer an opinion, speak your mind, is allowed by our constitution, but i will never believe our forefathers intended that amendment to allow and protect hateful purposes. Religiously induced hateful rhetoric is the worst kind of all. It totally undermines the entire concept of what religions were supposedly created for.

      By, the way, do you have a hub site that i can read to see where YOU are coming from?

      Being opinionated, loud and vulgar does not make one superior, so i try my best not to judge others, call names, or try to change their belief system and expect the same courtesy in return.

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      Maureen 6 years ago

      I don't know how any reasonable individual could conclude from my comments that I condone violence, or anything else for that matter. You equated hurtful words with actual crime, and I only offered you a concrete alternative so that you might experience the difference. You make assumptions about me, so I'll return the favor. You seem to support suppression of speech on the grounds that someone might be offended. Life's tough. Wear a cup. Offensive name calling can serve a just purpose at times. Once, a county official proposed an act that I thought was wrong. I wrote a letter to the editor and threw in quite a few references to Hitler, Pol Pot, and Stalin. He responded days later with the excuse that his policy had been misquoted. It hadn't, but the letter served its purpose and the policy was never implemented. Furthermore, when a "hurtful" comment is directed at you, it can serve as a channel marker. It can identify true enemies, determine the severity of their animosity, warn you of impending danger. I'd rather see my enemies coming than to find out that the sweet talking opponent has stuck a knife in my back.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for your words of support. They are appreciated. Those in authority seem to want everyone to be clones of themselves in their thoughts and beliefs. And i do agree if so, it would certainly be a boring existence.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south


      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I would assume that your comments are in favor of hateful name calling at any cost, and that you are guilty of doing this misdeed.

      Your references to sociopathic violence eludes me, however. Are you condoning sociopathic behavior or condemning it? Odd comments, but none the less, i do appreciate your taking time to read and comment.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Well said! I don't think that freedom of speech was ever intended to hide behind, as an excuse for ignorance and hatred. Freedom of speech does not mean that anyone has the right to say and do hurtful things to another because of what they believe in. How boring this world would be if we were all the same and we all looked and believed the same. We are all entitled to our own opinions and no one has the right to judge or belittle another because of it.

      Thanks for a wake up call - and a few words of wisdom to live by!

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      Maureen 6 years ago

      "This type of action should be considered an 'assault' and be punishable by law the same as any other assault is." I have an idea. Go provoke some violent sociopath, and when he's finished with you, tell me if that's on the same moral level as a verbal insult.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Especially the additional thoughts regarding ".. freedom of speech should never be twisted into something that is an outlet for hurtfulness and pain inflicted on others".

      Excellent point and well put.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for your comments. Sometimes i think i am way too pessimistic about the future, and my confidence in people to do the 'right' thing for altruistic reasons instead of simply following the crowd in obliviousness and self serving.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      thanks for commenting. I have to agree with you, but to add that even though i frankly do not care what people choose to believe in, either through brainwashing or logical choices, i do take exception to their trying to convert others to their way of thinking, and believing, and condemning them if they don't.

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      LouLa Ball 6 years ago from Tennessee

      Thanks for this hub. I love it. You wrote it so beautifully. I feel more should read it and maybe something can be learned here. If I may, I feel freedom of speech should never be twisted into the thinking that it is an outlet for hurtfulness and pain inflicted on others.

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      Credence2 6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Life can either be an experience of enlightenment or indoctrination. Seems like the ability to think for ones self is a precious gift to be coveted. I can have all my beliefs in one place without insisting that my neighbor subscribe to the same and not denigrating that neighbor for wanting the same ability to think independently that I ask for myself. Great Hub, DW, thanks. Cred2

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      I agree, though I am guilty to a certain extend, but always for a specific reason or targeting a specific market. I don't put my hope in the next generation. People will always be people, like the waves in the see will always be water, breaking on the shore to be retrieved and incited again to grow and to break on the shore. The next generation may correct a few of our wrongs, but at the same time they will destroy a few of the things we have done right. I enjoyed this hub and wish I could comment on all your thoughts in here.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for you kind comments. ...If only...Aaaah, yes.

      Leopards don't change their stripes. We will just have to wait for the next generations to change things. This one is too afraid of change, and those in power will not relinquish any control without a fight to the death.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree with your philosophy. If every person believed and followed these guide lines, what a wonderful world we would have..Thank you..

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanx for reading and commenting. Your point of view belongs only to you. I make no judgments on them as long as they are not intended to subjugate someone elses. It is better to only provide your opinions without the condemnation of others, providing your opinion is requested, otherwise even your opinion can be intrusive. It all depends, of course on the circumstances in which you offer your opinion.

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      SanXuary 6 years ago

      Information is not being offensive and stating ones belief is not either, taking something and making something personal is. If I told you that I support civil unions but not marriage is that all right? That I support the life of a child and consider them to have rights is that bad? I could claim that cigarettes kill you and only be informative. The difference is not condemning you for your point of view but only providing mine. In most cases as long as it does not effect my free will and does not destroy the free will of others I seldom care.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for being the first to read and comment. And sadly enough you are correct. I know the audience is limited on this site, but it gives me a small sense of doing something positive (or dare i say progressive) once in a while. L.O.L.

      I just finished reading a hub that stated that the Democrats 'always' manipulate the votes during an election. This is a perfect example of those that i exit without commenting on. As i always say, if both parties listened to what the other one is saying they would find that they are saying the exact same things about each other. Quite a testament to our political parties, isn't it?

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      Old Poolman 6 years ago

      d.william - Beautifully stated my friend. The only problem I see is those who need to read this the most will never take the time to do so. It could be such a beautiful world.