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My thoughts are that the boy needs to keep his mouth shut, focus on his grades and staying out of trouble, and learn that some words aren't socially acceptable. What do you all think?

I think that's a good policy in any era, to be honest, though the words that aren't acceptable have changed over time.

The first day of college every year, we would have a "floor meeting." In it, someone would come talk to us about certain subjects. One was "No means no." The other was homosexuality, which was an extremely hot topic where I went to school, there was a large homosexual/bisexual contingent on campus who were very vocal.

One year the guy started by asking about all the words people had used to describe someone of an alternative lifestyle. DH (who was then not even BF back then), provided a rather long list. By the end of it, most of the room was howling in laughter as he matter-of-factly listed all these words, some of which I think may have even been new to the guy giving the talk.

Afterwards we were told that all of those words weren't acceptable, etc. Some of them sure were colorful, though, I must say!

As for calling people names, I think that calling an asshat an asshat is acceptable. I think the issue only comes when you use a word that calls out a negative stereotype, and use it as an insult.
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