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March 9, 2012 10:53 PM Subscribe
Help me compile a list of politically correct pejorative insults. [trigger warning: some examples of undesirable insults]
posted by triceryclops to Society & Culture (26 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Background: I have a halfassed ambition to become a stand up comedian. I think I've compiled some good material although I don't have any contingency plan for hecklers. I've been watching heckling videos on YouTube to see if I can observe any good techniques. The most common method I've seen is to assume the heckler is drunk and then riff on that. But the riffing almost always involves some slur like "whore" or "retard", and it always makes me cringe. I realize that certain words like "cunt" or "bitch" have phonetic qualities that make them very effective insults, but I realize that their use hurts an entire class of people, not just the heckler. So I'd like to know of any effective alternatives that might still engage a comedy club audience.
I would like to avoid anything remotely ableist, ageist, racist, sexist etc. including antiquated terms like "harlot" or "cretin".
A few that I've come up with so far:
It's a very short list, and would like to know if any of my fellow progressive MeFites have any such words in their daily vernacular that they might like to share.