Top Ten Things that are Used as Insults but Shouldn't Be

The Top Ten

1 Calling someone 'gay'

I just hate how you can't like pink as a male. Of course, I won't wear pink clothes, I won't have a pink bedsheet, but I can't even write with a pink pen?

It's ridicuolous how some people like to call everything "gay". Pink? Gay. Green? Gay. Rainbow? Gay. Purple? Gay. Cats? Gay. Being kind to others? Gay. Speaking about your emotions? Gay. Non-metal music? Gay. Come on,

1. being gay doesn't mean you're less masculine
2. there is nothing feminine in the above listed things
3. you're not masculine because you hate and torture people and wear black leather clothes - Alkadikce

What is the word 'gay' really used for? People call men who have some some feminine properties 'gay' as an insult like dealing a lot with their appearances, having a high voice, wearing colorful clothes etc. Feeling desire towards men does not mean that you want to look and act like a woman, so why the comparison? - Alkadikce

How do you think actual gay people feel about their sexual orientation being used as a synonym for everything wrong with the world? - Zach808

People are saying these words shouldn't be insults because them being used as insults is disrespectful to people who these words apply to (by that I mean calling someone a Jew as an insult is disrespectful to actual Jews). - Skullkid755

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2 Calling someone 'a jew'

There are kids at my school who use "Jew" as an insult and salute to Hitler. If I needed a decent insult then I'd call them "mentally challenged." Or "retarded." Either way, calling someone a Jew as an insult is ridiculous.

Believe it or not I have seen someone call someone that on the Internet. It is the equivalent of saying, "You like apples! " in an accusing tone. Yeah, what about the apples? - BlueTopazIceVanilla

3 Calling someone 'a muslim'

Some people actually are muslims and not ashamed of it. Plus you never see someone using Christian or Hindu as a insult.

4 Calling someone "Hillary Clinton"

This is actually an amazing insult. If you're being compared to a dishonest lizard like Hillary Clinton, you screwed up. Royally. - Zach808

No one should be compared to crooked Hillary no matter how incompetent they are. - Swellow

5 Calling someone 'autistic'

Using autism inappropriately as an insult is not only calling someone autistic. There are also common phrases like "it gives me autism". I haven't noticed yet the meaning behind this insult, because it seems it has little relevance to autism (lots of famous people like Napoleon were slightly autistic) - Alkadikce

Pretty much everyone who uses this as an insult doesn't actually know what autism is. It's a condition that impairs your social skills, not a substitute term for "retarded". - Zach808

Thanks a lot, sonic and YTPs. Autism does not mean retarded, I’m autistic myself. They think it means retarded because of those videos of autists screeching.

If you consider this the worst insult on the Internet you are mistaken. - BlueTopazIceVanilla

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6 Calling someone 'black'

Not offensive... - Swellow

In Hungarian, the word "sötét" (i.e. dark) means that someone is both uneducated and stupid, but it does not have anything to do with race. - Alkadikce

7 Calling someone an 'Asian'

You have to admit that slanted eyes are kind of cute. - TheYoshiPyro64

Wow, this list is way too PC. Calling someone Asian isn't an insult if they are off Asian heritage, same with Orient. - Swellow

He meant you shouldn't use the word Asian to insult people. He's right about people being ignorant about this list and it's meaning. - Skullkid755

It's like calling someone from Pakistan a "Paki" it's offensive to them. Should I be offended when I'm called a "Brit"? - Britgirl

I'm confused by this list. On one hand, you have stuff like this, gay, Jew, and black here, which are right. These are used as insults when they're really just mundane ways someone is affiliated with something.

But like, "terrible actor"? That's what confuses me, because this list is both "these aren't insults" and "DON'T USE MEEN WERDS". Which is it? - PandaDude98

8 Calling someone 'disabled'

Or mentally disabled. - Alkadikce

9 Calling someone 'cancer'

This isn't meant to compare with people who have cancer but to compare with some very bad thing they can think of. That's also offensive, imagine someone calling some bad thing "rape". - Alkadikce

Not offensive. - Puga

10 Calling someone a'terrible actor'

This shouldn't be on this list because it's an actual insult (that's only offensive to actual actors who get called this on the internet 1000 times an hour) and this list is about non-insults that are used as insults. - Skullkid755

Ah, yes. One of the most common insults out there. One of my friends got called a terrible actor by a reviewer in a tabloid, and he spent the last 48 days suffering from severe depression. - BlarchBlaces

This is a common insult on this website. What if I said the same thing about your favorite actor or actress? How would you feel?

I'd disagree, but I wouldn't go into hysterics. It's not like it's the most devastating thing to ever be said by someone. It's criticism. - BlarchBlaces

This should be used as an insult if they're actually bad at acting. - Zach808

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The Contenders

11 Calling someone a 'nerd'

Isn't it a compliment? - Alkadikce

Nerds are awesomne! - darthvadern

It's not bad. Everyone at my school love to use this on themselves. - TwilightKitsune

...Nerd isn't even that offensive. Most people who have geeky interests call themselves nerds. - Swellow

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12 Saying someone has 'Down Syndrome'

This is very offensive. - Userguy44

13 Calling someone a 'midget'

I'm a midget and I get called"...………...… midget

Not offensive. - Puga

14 Calling someone'slutty'

Some girls now really are though... but some are not.

Slut shaming stops

15 Calling someone 'overrated'

People take overrated as a bad thing, but it really isn't.

16 Calling someone "retarded"

So calling people autistic will result in you getting hate, but yet they use this word and you won't get any hate for using it? And I am saying that as an autistic guy - darthvadern

You're right, disabled, gay, autistic and retard being used as an insult are the same category - Alkadikce

That is really offensive. End the R word. - 445956

17 Calling someone a "freak"
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