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    Re: Is the Term "Jew" Offensive?

    reminds me of a joke I heard many years ago. there is a young boy, half black half jewish, one night he asks his father, "Dad, am I more Jew or more black?". Dad is confused and answers, "I'm not sure son, why do you ask?"
    Son replies, "Jimmy down the street is wanting to sell me his bicycle for $10 and I need to know whether I should try to talk him down to $5 or just steal the son-of-a-bitch."
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    Re: Is the Term "Jew" Offensive?

    The term itself couldn't possibly be offensive, as it simply means "a Jewish person."

    It could certainly be used in a disparaging or offensive context... but then again so could any other ethnic descriptor. If someone used it in a tone of voice indicating that they considered it an epithet, it could be taken that way... but tone is also a form of context.


    I never really thought about it before, but for some reason I usually say "Jewish" when referring to an individual, and "Jews" when referring to a group. I suppose because "Jewish" sounds less abrupt, therefore more polite to my Southern ears.
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    Re: Is the Term "Jew" Offensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    One guy claimed even claimed he was anti Zionist, not anti Jewish.
    This is a common dodge of Jew-haters. "Oh, I don't hate all Jews," they'll say. "Just the ones who want to have a country and exist."

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    Re: Is the Term "Jew" Offensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    The word Jew itself isn't offensive.

    However, one can use it in such a way as to insult by implying it as some kind of negative.

    "Look at you skimping on the check, you're such a jew".

    "Man, why'd you have to go and be a Jew, you could've afforded those concert tickets"

    Etc.

    In those cases, the person is attemtping to use "Jew" as an insult by suggesting negative stereotypes that are commonly assigned to the people the term references. That doesn't make the term "jew" in and of itself offensive, but rather the way the person is using it.
    I guess I always thought if somebody was referring to something that's completely inoffensive (as I think Jew is), there's really no reason to be offended, even if it's meant in a bad way. Like if somebody referred to me as Christian or a SoCon, I wouldn't see either as being insults even if they were meant that way. Your examples of equating Jew with miserly are good ones though, and I could see where that would be offensive.
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    Re: Is the Term "Jew" Offensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    The term itself couldn't possibly be offensive, as it simply means "a Jewish person."

    It could certainly be used in a disparaging or offensive context... but then again so could any other ethnic descriptor. If someone used it in a tone of voice indicating that they considered it an epithet, it could be taken that way... but tone is also a form of context.


    I never really thought about it before, but for some reason I usually say "Jewish" when referring to an individual, and "Jews" when referring to a group. I suppose because "Jewish" sounds less abrupt, therefore more polite to my Southern ears.
    After I posted, I thought: I've never said, "He's a Jew." I have said, "He's Jewish." That's an interesting differential.
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    Re: Is the Term "Jew" Offensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    It's come up in a thread that some people might consider the word "Jew" to be offensive or insulting. Is "Jew" offensive? I ask this in all sincerity because I do use the word and it hadn't occurred to me that it might be a bad thing to do.
    The Jewish friends that I know find it offensive, so I don't use that word anymore.
    Not to change the subject but just look at the latest news also about using the word "illegal" while describing people who are here illegally. Now the press is thinking about not using that word because it is offensive to those who are here illegally. The words "undocumented" should be used instead. Go figure....
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    Re: Is the Term "Jew" Offensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    As always, depends on context. We had a poster here that called me "Jew" with absolute intent to be offensive. Other times I've been called "a Jew" with no offense intended. If you think about it though, calling someone "a Jew" sounds aggressive. Usually better to call someone Jewish.
    Is that because they may not actually be a Jew..... only a little Jewish?

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    Re: Is the Term "Jew" Offensive?

    I think the term can never be offensive, but rather it is entirely based on something else communicated at the same time. If someone says "Jew" like that's a bad thing it is really the fact someone is saying it like it is a bad thing as opposed to the term itself being used. It is not like calling someone a fishhead or a porch monkey, words whose sole meanings are pejorative.

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    IMO, it's a red flag that is a dead tip-off that you're dealing with someone that is actually anti-semitic.
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    Re: Is the Term "Jew" Offensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Demon of Light View Post
    Really? Which ones?
    I don't believe it's necessary to name names. You've seen one anti-semitic jerk, you've seen em all.

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    Re: Is the Term "Jew" Offensive?

    If I called one of my Jewish friends a 'Jew", they'd probably call me a 'Christian'. I don't use the term at all. Jewish is an acceptable adjective. Jew is a bad noun. Jew is a terrible verb.
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