Living in a country where English is not commonly spoken, various experiences have enabled me to realise the meaninglessness of words. Too often I think people hear a particular word and take offense to that word, without even considering the intention of the speaker. Say someone broke your favourite glass, surely your reaction would be different depending on whether it was done to deliberately hurt you, out of carelessness, or an unfortunate result of an unavoidable situation. The same thought process should occur when 'offensive' words are heard - is this person intending to be offensive, or not? If clearly they are then sure, get angry - at their intention to offend, not their words!
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