Top 10 Harmless Words (That Sound Incredibly Offensive)

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6. Bastard


If you are thinking we are making a joke here, you are probably wrong. Bastard is not offensive at all. The actual meaning is a person who is born out of wedlock. However, these days, being born of unmarried parents in not a big deal and hence, the offensive nature of the word automatically resolved.


7. Gaylord


Gaylord is thought of as an offensive word in the entire world. And about Scott Gaylord, the famous NASCAR racer or about Gaylord Perry, a famous baseball pitcher, it is said that they have offensive names. But nobody thought it like that- Gaylord is just a name, it is the people only who have made this word offensive when actually it is not.


8. Focker


It was from the movie “Meet the Fockers” that people came to knew that the word they have been thinking all their lives as an offensive, was not actually offensive. Also, the main character in the movie was known by the name of Gaylord Focker. The movie makers were worried because they thought that if people do not actual meaning of Focker, their movie might be banned, but they found out people who had Focker in their last names and the entire problem was resolved.


9. Smeg


Some people think that smeg is no word actually but just a short form of smegma, whose meaning is very offensive, at least in some parts of the world. The word sounds really dirty but actually it is not. It was the TV shoe Red Dwarf that invented the word and later on, it was added to the Oxford English dictionary and its meaning as per the dictionary is a general expletive. So, you need not worry if anyone tells you Smeg or even if you want to say it to some other person at your school or college.


10. Fag/Faggot


Fag means cigarette in UK, hence speaking it has nothing to do with the reputation of the listener. And, Faggot is nothing but a meat dish which is not very popular and thus, not many people know about this one. However, some people think of these words as offensive and their meaning is dirty. So, you need to be careful what you are speaking. Chances are there that Faggot is supposed to be a dirty word if the person you are speaking to has never eaten Faggot or never smoked Fag.

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