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But the language (e.g., the use of "jew" as a verb in talking about salary negotiations) can still be offensive.

Oh, of course. I just don't think OFFENSIVE speech automatically means racist or bigoted speech, as so much of the internet seems to think it does.

We see this sometimes in children and foreigners -- but also sometimes in people who should really know better.

I know better, but do it sometimes anyway. I don't think a life of always trying to avoid offending the easily offended is a very fun life. I'm able to do it most days, but just once in a while I let something out that I know is going to offend somebody somewhere, and I'm not going to lose sleep over it.

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